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Did Steve Fossett fake his death?
That's the latest rumor. The Telegraph reports:

Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Ryan of the US Civil Air Patrol has said Fossett, whose body or plane was never found, could still be alive.
She said: "I've been doing this search and rescue for 14 years. Fossett should have been found.
"It's not like we didn't have our eyes open. We found six other planes while we were looking for him. We're pretty good at what we do."

Some anomalies about his disappearance:
  • Only one person saw him take off.
  • He took no emergency equipment.
  • He flew a plane that was easy to dismantle.
Related: The hoax forum thread from Sept. 2007 about his disappearance.
Death
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 28, 2008
For the record, I did NOT fake my own death.
Posted by Steve Fossett  in  Parts Unknown  on  Mon Jul 28, 2008  at  08:29 PM
ROFL! Priceless response.
Posted by Transfrmr  in  deep trouble  on  Mon Jul 28, 2008  at  11:29 PM
What would be his motive to fake his death?
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  02:17 AM
The motive? He is hiding out somewhere with Madeleine McCann.
Posted by RichmondTom  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  09:14 AM
"The choice of plane was also a baffling one - a Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon, which, according to risk assessor Robert Davis said was constructed from a steel and wood frame, but actually covered in fabric, making it easy to dismantle."

Yeah, insurance agents aren't stupid...
Posted by J Withers  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  09:21 AM
I don't care if she has been doing rescues for fifty years, I'd bet even money that Lt. Col. Cynthia Ryan grew up in some eastern seaboard state and has no concept of how big the American West really is. There are planes in the mountains from the Second World War that have only been recently found.
Posted by KDP  in  Madill, OK  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  09:24 AM
Why is it "baffling" that he would fly in a popular and reliable small aircraft type? Do they expect him to have flown a balloon instead?
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  10:25 AM
Maybe he is playing golf with Elvis on the Bahama's
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  10:58 AM
"It's not like we didn't have our eyes open. We found six other planes while we were looking for him. We're pretty good at what we do."
And it took how many years to find these six planes?
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Wed Jul 30, 2008  at  07:15 AM
OK, best bet to determine if he is still alive or not - follow the money. If he is alie, how is he living? If he is alive he must have set up some way to have an imcome so hunt through his recent finances and see where all the money went to. If he is alive, some of his money went somewhere so he could draw on it. He might be the resident ghost at some haunted house for example.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Jul 30, 2008  at  04:44 PM
Good grief.
Posted by Michael Banvard  in  Michigan  on  Tue Jan 27, 2009  at  10:24 PM
This would probably need an serious update, as his plane was found, now years ago...

Wikipedia, Steve Fosset :

On September 29, 2008, a hiker found Fossett's identification cards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, and the crash site was discovered a few days later (on 1 October 2008) 65 miles (100 km) due south from Flying-M Ranch where he took off, and 5.3 miles (8.5 km) due west (282 degrees) of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's base operations, although his remains were not initially found. On November 3, 2008, tests conducted on two bones recovered about 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the crash produced a match to Fossett's DNA.
Posted by Frenchyarnaud  in  Parkstone, UK  on  Fri Feb 15, 2013  at  07:51 AM
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