Newlyweds on honeymoon with small plane missing for two weeks
A newlywed couple from Texas has been missing for more than two weeks after taking off on their private plane for their honeymoon.
Forrest and Donna Sanco were last seen in the Bahamas, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, traveling in a 51-year-old Cessna 150.
It was the first leg of their honeymoon, and they were bound for Rum Cay but never arrived, friends and relatives told the news channel.
Now their loved ones are scouring the Caribbean looking for clues on their whereabout, hiring search teams to lead the effort.
Forrest and Donna left Fort Worth on Sept. 22 in a 1966 Cessna for their island getaway, friend Jason Fox told NBC affiliate KXAS.
“He ended up buying that plane to go on the trip,” explained Fox. “That was Forrest.”
The made it to Florida and then Freeport in the Bahamas, where they went through customs on Sept. 26, the news channel reported.
Fox said he’d communicated with Forrest throughout the trip until he reached the Bahamas. Their last conversation was via email on Sept. 26.
“That was my last correspondence,” Fox told KXAS.
Forrest mentioned trouble with his plane he’d gotten fixed. “No big deal,” he reportedly emailed to Fox.
The last trace, relatives said, was a photo Forrest posted to Instagram during a fuel stop two hours from Rum Cay, KDFW reported.
(Forrest and Donna Sanco via GoFundMe)
The couple went to school together and rekindled their romance after reconnecting years later, relatives said.
“They recently reunited on Facebook, whirlwind romance, got engaged, began traveling,” Erin Simmons, Donna’s daughter-in-law, told KDFW. “They’ve just been the happiest couple.”
Forrest worked as an engineer for Lockheed in Fort Worth, where Donna recently moved from Oklahoma.
Government resources have been wrapped up in relief for the hurricanes that pummeled the Bahamas, so private donations have reportedly paid for the search teams.
Simmons said they started a GoFundMe to pay for the effort.
“With that money, we’ve been able to hire two private search and rescue teams with aircraft and cameras,” Simmons told KDFW on Tuesday. “They’ve been doing flyovers since yesterday and back out today.”
Fox told KXAS he’s poured over the photos with a magnifying glass, holding out hope there will be some sign of his friends.
“My biggest fear is we'll never know, never be found and never know anything,” he told the channel. “We’re just kind of waiting to find him (Forrest) floating on a cooler or whatever, you know?”