Missing since May 27, 1987 from Palm Beach County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Richard Yerex had retired as a captain in Ford Motor Company's air fleet to live in North Palm Beach and fly commuter planes to and from the Bahamas. He piloted a nine- passenger Cessna 402 out of Palm Beach International Airport at 8:05 on May 27, 1987. He was headed for Marsh Harbor on Abaco Island, where he was going to pick up tourists for a 50-minute return flight. His last transmission was near a weather balloon over Grand Bahama Island. He was supposed to arrive in Marsh Harbor at 8:50, but there was no sign of him. The plane did not carry a life raft. The Coast Guard was notified 25 minutes later, and a search party dispatched. Despite two full days of searching, scores of Coast Guard and Air Force jets were unable to find any sign of Yerex or the Cessna.
Yerex, a father of eight, has been flying for 35 years. As an Air Force pilot during the Korean War, he flew between Cape Canaveral and the Bahamas. After the war, Yerex flew as a cargo pilot for the Ford Motor Co. for 30 years. He retired in January 1987. Yerex had recently passed a thorough pre- flight physical.
Investigators Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Agency Case Number: 87-94048
The Miami Herald
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