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

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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 would like to thank the many people who have shared their love, support and prayers during the search for Jake.  We are especially grateful to the Arkansas Forestry Commission and State Forester, Joe Fox for their leadership in the effort.  The Governor's Office, the US Forest Service, the Arkansas National Guard, Polk County Sheriff's office, Montgomery County Sheriff's office, Scott County Sheriff's office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Civil Air Patrol, National Weather Service, Arkansas State Police, the 188th Fighter Wing and the North Little Rock Police Department have all been supportive and responsive in an unparalleled display of cooperation and coordination.  Our heartfelt thanks go to the pilots, ground personnel, and the team in the Incident Command Center.  We are confident the many agencies involved are doing everything in their power to find Jake.  We are thankful to be part of the Arkansas family!   We continue to be hopeful and optimistic.  We are praying for 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.