Richard Roy Yerex
Yerex, approximately 1987
Date reported missing : 05/27/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Palm Beach County, Florida
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/19/1930 (90)
Age at the time of disappearance: 56 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white short-sleeved shirt, gray pants, black shoes and a watch.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Yerex wears eyeglasses for reading.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Yerex was last seen in Palm Beach County, Florida on May 27, 1987. He had retired from his job as a captain in the Ford Motor Company's air fleet and was living in North Palm Beach, Florida and flying commuter planes to and from the Bahamas with the Aero Coach company.
He flew a nine-passenger Cessna 402 out of Palm Beach International Airport at 8:05 a.m. the day of his disappearance. He planned to pick up tourists at Marsh Harbor on Abaco Island, then make the fifty-minute return flight.
Yerex's last transmission said he was near a weather balloon over Grand Bahama Island. He was supposed to arrive at Marsh Harbor at 8:50 a.m., but never did. The Coast Guard began searching for him twenty-five minutes later. An extensive search of the ocean turned up no sign of him or the plane, however.
Authorities noted there were no rafts or life preservers aboard the Cessna and the plane could sink and disappear completely. It's propeller-driven and has the tail number N2652B.
Yerex is a very experienced and capable pilot who had been flying for 35 years by 1987. He has eight children. His disappearance remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Miami Herald
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