Sheriffs managing the search for Tony Nicholls in the high desert of southern Oregon have recruited the help of a volunteer team that is familiar with missing aircraft searches. The team is comprised of search experts, current and former law enforcement officers, investigators, an aircraft archaeologist, analysts, divers, and expedition managers.
The team is known as MAST for Missing Aircraft Search Team. While the charge of the team is generally in working cold cases, the team has been consulted frequently on active searches.
Sheriff Evinger is a founding member of the team and Lake County Sheriff McDonald requested the assistance of MAST early in the search. MAST members are conducting the aviation-related family and friend interviews as well as interviews and investigations with anyone who has knowledge about Nicholls’ flying habits and history. Additionally, MAST members are researching the aircraft itself, its history and characteristics.
MAST members are providing search scenarios for consideration of the search managers. Members are located across the U.S. including the states of Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon, California and Arizona.
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News Release from: Klamath Co. Sheriff’s Office