Update: Weather makes search for missing AFC pilot and NLR police officer difficult

MENA (KATV) - Teams continue to search for an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and North Little Rock police officer that failed to check in with AFC Central Dispatch on Friday.

Officials said 34-year-old Jake Harrell was last heard from by AFC Dispatch at 1:11 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Harrell is a part-time pilot for AFC and serves for both the North Little Rock Police Department and the Arkansas National Guard.

North Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sergeant Brian Dedrick said Harrell had been with the department for six months before the military called him to active duty. He said Harrell has since been serving with the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Fighter Wing for the last 18 months.{}

Officials said morethan 200 miles were searched Saturday night, however, ground crews Sunday have beenvery restricted due to icy road conditions. The terrain in the Ouachitas issteep, bushy, heavily forested - all coupled with continuing low visibility andicy road conditions. Crews all remain staged and a National Guard helicopter isstill located just south of Mena, all waiting for a window in the weather tore-start search efforts.

AFC spokesperson Adriane Barnes said IncidentCommand has been busy through the afternoon planning a large, concentratedpursuit by both ground and air in an area on the north side of Jake's supposedflight route, to begin at daylight Monday morning. This focused strategy isbased on information from Jake's cell provider about what is thought to be hislast transmission before he went missing on Friday.

"We areconfident that with a large fleet of aircraft and highly trained ground crews,as well as improved weather conditions, that tomorrow will be a productive dayin the search," said Incident Commander, Billy Black.

The Incident Command structure in Mena continues as a Unified Commandeffort with the following partners involved: statewide Arkansas ForestryCommission crews, Polk,{} Montgomery, and Scott County LawEnforcement, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas National Guard, U.S.Forest Service, Arkansas State Police, Emergency Management crews from Polk andMontgomery County, local volunteer fire departments, and the Civil Air Patrol.

Sgt. Dedrick said the NLR Police Department's prayers are with Harrell's family as crews continue to work on the search and recovery effort.{}

Stay with KATV News and for more information on this developing story as it becomes available.