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Adventurer, Wash. U. alum Steve Fossett missing

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Fossett was awarded an honorary degree from Washington University in 2006 (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

Minden, Nev. – The Civil Air Patrol plans to resume the search this morning (Wed.) in western Nevada for adventurer Steve Fossett and his missing plane.

Most of the 14 aircraft looking for Fossett stopped flying at nightfall. But a C-130 tanker and a Blackhawk helicopter with equipment to see through the dark kept flying for a while longer.

Fossett hasn't been seen since Monday morning when he took off in a single-engine plane from an airstrip about 70 miles southeast of Reno.

Sir Richard Branson, the U.K. billionaire who has helped finance many of Fossett's adventures, says the 63-year-old Fossett was searching for places for an upcoming attempt to break the land speed record in a car.

ST. LOUIS CONNECTION

Many in St. Louis are waiting for word because of Fossett's history with the area.

He graduated from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in 1968, is a member of the school's board of directors and a fellowship in his name is available to students involved in earth and planetary sciences at the university.

Fossett also used the old Busch Stadium twice as the launch site for two failed attempts to fly around the world in a hot air balloon.

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