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New discovery in missing newlywed couple in Bahamas case

Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 22:42:44-04

TAHLEQUAH, Ok. -- A new discovery could lead to finding a missing newlywed couple in the Bahamas.

Earlier this week, we told you about Forrest and Donna Sanco, two Tahlequah natives, who left their Texas home in a private plane to honeymoon in the Bahamas two weeks ago.

Family members say they never made it.  

The family says a plane tire was found Thursday that fits the type of plane the couple was flying.

Tressa Simmons, the couple’s daughter-in-law, said, “We’re searching the area for answers right now, but it's a lead, so we're searching.”

When Simmons and her family didn’t hear back from the Sancos, they immediately filed a missing person’s report.

But this week, they learned the report wasn’t doing any good.

She said, “We found out that it basically doesn't work down there and we had to send family down there to physically file one in the Bahamas.”

Several family members are in the Bahamas now. Simmons explained, “They went down there to file a missing persons report, contact the authorities, and get on everybody to try to get the ball rolling.”

That’s when a plane tire was found near the island of Eleuthera Thursday by a fisherman.

Simmons said, “Basically, they won't go out until there's a lead. So, we had to send out our search people until there's a lead . . . I guess, for a lack of resources, they won't just go search.”

The couple’s daughter-in-law says since the tire was found, the Royal Bahamian Defense Force sent out water and ground search and requested the us coast guard to do aerial support.

Simmons said, “We have faith that they're out there somewhere because the islands are habitable.”

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