Florida Crash Mystery

Pilot believed to have staged death

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    Marcus Schrenker seen in a May 2000 plane stunt video posted on YouTube. Officials believe Schrenker jumped out of his single-engine plane 225 miles from where it crashed Sunday in an effort to stage his death.

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    Marcus Schrenker and his wife, Michelle.

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    Jan. 12, 2009: A single-engine Piper Malibu Meridian flown by Marcus Schrenker is seen after having crashed in East Milton, Fla. An Indiana businessman whose financial management companies were under investigation apparently bailed out of his small plane and let it crash in what may have been an elaborate attempt to fake his own death.

    AP/Pensacola News Journal
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    Jan. 13, 2009: The lights burn at the office for the KOA campground in Chattahoochee, Fla., near the spot where U.S. Marshals took Marcus Schrenker into custody. Officers from the U.S. Marshal's office in Tallahassee, Fla., found Schrenker inside a tent at the campground.

    AP/Tallahassee Democrat
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    Jan. 13, 2009: The entrance to the KOA campground in Chattahoochee, Fla. where U.S. Marshals took Marcus Schrenker into custody. U.S. federal authorities say the pilot at the center of a plane crash mystery has been found alive in northern Florida after he apparently slit one of his wrists.

    AP/Tallahassee Democrat
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    Jan. 13, 2009: Latex gloves sit on a picnic table near the spot where U.S. Marshals took Marcus Schrenker into custody at the KOA campground in Chattahoochee, Fla. U.S. federal authorities say the pilot at the center of a plane crash mystery has been found alive in northern Florida after he apparently slit one of his wrists.

    AP/Tallahassee Democrat
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    Jan. 13, 2009: Latex gloves sit on a picnic table near the spot where U.S. Marshals took Marcus Schrenker into custody at the KOA campground in Chattahoochee, Fla. U.S. federal authorities say the pilot at the center of a plane crash mystery has been found alive in northern Florida after he apparently slit one of his wrists.

    AP/Tallahassee Democrat
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    Jan. 11, 2009: Marcus Schrenker is seen in surveillance video from a motel in Alabama, about 225 miles from where his plane crashed in Florida.

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    Jan. 13, 2009: A motel registration form filled out by a man believed by police to be missing Indiana pilot Marcus Schrenker in Harpersville, Ala. Authorities believe the man parachuted from a plane in Alabama Sunday and checked into the hotel briefly under an assumed name before fleeing on a motorcycle he stored at a nearby mini-warehouse.

    AP
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    Jan. 13, 2009: Wanda Brooks, whose family owns the storage business, walks toward an empty storage unit at 280 East Mini Warehouse in Harpersville, Ala. Authorities believe missing Indiana pilot Marcus Schrenker rode off on a red motorcycle stored in the unit after he parachuted out of an airplane over Alabama on Sunday.

    AP
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    Jan. 13, 2009: The interior of a storage unit in Harpersville, Ala., where authorities believe missing Indiana pilot Marcus Schrenker stored a red motorcycle he used to flee after parachuting out of an airplane over Alabama. Owners of the business say a piece of lumber and a tarp were all that remained in the room after a man believed to be Schrenker removed the motorcycle.

    AP
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    Jan. 13, 2009: Light snow falls on the home of missing Indiana businessman Marcus Schrenker in McCordsville, Ind. Federal marshals on Tuesday pressed their search for the investment manager they believe faked a distress call before parachuting from his plane over Alabama and disappearing on a motorcycle he had stashed in advance.

    AP
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    Jan. 13, 2009: The office of missing Indiana businessman Marcus Schrenker is in McCordsville, Ind., building. Authorities believe Schrenker disappeared into the woods southeast of Birmingham, Ala., after jumping from his single-engine plane, which continued on auto pilot until it crashed in a swampy area near homes in the Florida panhandle. Authorities were trying to figure out if it was all an attempt by Schrenker, 38, to fake his own death after his wife filed for divorce, his companies were targeted by investigators and he lost a half-million dollars in a court case.

    AP
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    Harpersville, Ala., where missing investment manager Marcus Schrenker had a motorcycle in storage.

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    Jan. 11, 2009: Santa Rosa Sheriff's Department officials search a watery area for the pilot of a crashed plane.

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    Jan. 12, 2009: The Harpersville Motel in Harpersville, Ala. An Indiana businessman whose financial management companies were under investigation apparently bailed out of his small plane and let it crash in what may have been an elaborate attempt to fake his own death. The case grew stranger Monday morning, when a man with Schrenker's license told police that he'd been in a canoe accident with friends. The officers, unaware of the plane crash, took him to the Harpersville Motel.

    AP/Birmingham News, Rahkia Nance

 

 

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