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Report: Pilot with Minn. ties missing off African coast

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A small plane carrying only its pilot disappeared 10 days ago just miles from a refueling stop at a West African island in the middle of a tropical storm, the Associated Press reports.

Searches by plane and boat have found no sign of the pilot, 54-year-old missionary Jerry Krause, whose family members in Waseca, Minn., are helping to coordinate efforts to find him.

Krause had been flying from South Africa to Mali in a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900C when contact with him was lost amid a thunder-and-lightning storm. Krause’s family members in Mali and in Waseca, Minn., believe he is alive and launched a social media “find Jerry ” campaign.

The family has set up a website that offers updates on the search, as well as a Facebook page as they seek to advance the search.

A post Wednesday to the website says, "After much research and digging, there is a 50% chance that Jerry's plane crashed. That other 50% is the probability that he was captured and forced to fly for some drug lords or guerillas members. There is evidence now to support both scenarios."

Jeremy Krause, of Stewartville, holds out hope that someone has information or a connection that will lead to his missing brother, the Rochester Post Bulletin reported.

Krause's sister-in-law, Beth Krause, of Waseca, told the Waseca County News that a missing persons report filed this week in Illinois may allow the U.S. military to join the search, and that Krause's wife, Gina Krause, and the youngest of their three children, Jessica, are working with locals to increase searches in the area where Krause was last heard from.

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