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

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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 more than 200 miles were searched Saturday night, however, ground crews Sunday have been very restricted due to icy road conditions. The terrain in the Ouachitas is steep, bushy, heavily forested – all coupled with continuing low visibility and icy road conditions. Crews all remain staged and a National Guard helicopter is still located just south of Mena, all waiting for a window in the weather to re-start search efforts.

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

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

The Incident Command structure in Mena continues as a Unified Command effort with the following partners involved: statewide Arkansas Forestry Commission crews, Polk,  Montgomery, and Scott County Law Enforcement, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas State Police, Emergency Management crews from Polk and Montgomery 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. 

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