BANGOR – The loved ones of a Houlton man whose plane disappeared decades ago have a reminder for hunters to be on the lookout for airplane debris while in the woods.
Billy Hogan left for Houlton from Connecticut back in 1972 but his plane never landed in Houlton.
His brother, Jerome Hogan, has made it his mission to find the plane, which may have gone down around Mount Waldo in Frankfort.
Our news team spoke with Jerome in Bangor. He is reminding ATV riders, hikers and hunters to call authorities if they find remnants of a plane crash.
“Something’s going to happen, I know it is with everybody’s help. Someday we’re going to find him and that’s going to be the happiest thing that I ever had,” said Jerome Hogan.
Those involved with the ongoing search said Monday there’s an extra reason to remind the public about Billy.
“He is a veteran of the Houlton Army National Guard so today, I think, is an appropriate day for getting the word out,” said Malcolm Brydon, who has helped with the search.
“I just can’t imagine having a missing person, a missing family member for such a long time,” said Nancy Rimm-Staples, a drone pilot for Down East Emergency Medicine Institute, or DEEMI, which has also been involved with the search.
Jerome said the Maine Air Museum in Bangor will honor his brother with a memorial service this spring.