Family of missing Ark. Forestry pilot maintains hope for safe return

Jake Harrell

NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The family of missing pilot Jake Harrell thanked the community via a press release on Sunday for a continued search effort in the case. {}

"We wouldlike to thank the many people who have shared their love, support and prayersduring the search for Jake.{} We areespecially grateful to the Arkansas Forestry Commission and State Forester, JoeFox for their leadership in the effort. {}TheGovernor's Office, the US Forest Service, the Arkansas National Guard, PolkCounty Sheriff's office, Montgomery County Sheriff's office, Scott CountySheriff's office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department ofEmergency Management, Civil Air Patrol, National Weather Service, ArkansasState Police, the 188th Fighter Wing and the North Little RockPolice Department have all been supportive and responsive in an unparalleleddisplay of cooperation and coordination.{}Our heartfelt thanks go to the pilots, ground personnel, and the team inthe Incident Command Center.{} We areconfident the many agencies involved are doing everything in their power tofind Jake.{} We are thankful to be part ofthe Arkansas family!{}{} We continue to behopeful and optimistic. {}We are prayingfor a miracle and for Jake's safe return to his home and family. {}"

The search effort continued Sunday still without a trace of Harrell. {}A harsh week of winter weather hasn't made it easy for those searching the area around Mena.