Wife of Missing Steve Fossett Asks Court to Declare him Dead


The wife of missing millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett asked the court today to Steve_Fossett2legally declare him dead. Attorney Michael A. LoVallo filed the motion today in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of the Fossett family. 63 year old Steve Fossett went missing on September 3, 2007 after he took off in his single engine plane from an airstrip near Yerington, Nevada. The request to declare Steve Fossett dead is the first step in the process of resolving the multi-millionaires estate surpassing eight figures in liquid assets and other holdings.

The request was a step toward resolving the legal status of Fossett’s estate, which according to court papers is “vast, surpassing eight figures in liquid assets, various entities and real estate,” LoVallo said.

Fossett, 63, disappeared Sept. 3 after taking off in a single-engine plane from an airstrip near Yerington, Nev., heading toward Bishop, Calif.

Fossett was on a pleasure flight and not looking for a dry lake to use as a surface on which to set the world land speed record, as was initially reported, according to the petition filed on behalf of Peggy V. Fossett.

He did not have a parachute, nor did he take a watch that had a transponder and could have sent out a distress signal, the petition said. There was a transponder aboard but no signal was received. (Yahoo News)


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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Wife of Missing Steve Fossett Asks Court to Declare him Dead”

    1. Maggie on November 27th, 2007 12:02 am

      Makes sense, don’t see any way he would be alive or he would surface by now. Very sad ending.

    2. Scared Monkeys on November 27th, 2007 1:04 am

      After all the dangerous positions that Steve Fossett put himself in pushing the adventure envelope, it just is amazing that this is how he passes away.

    3. Betty on November 27th, 2007 3:02 am

      For such an experienced adventurer, Mr. Fossett was foolhardy to the extreme when he took off in that small plane in Nevada.

    4. brenda on November 27th, 2007 8:53 am

      Betty, how do you know Mr. Fossett was being “foolhardy”? Are you an expert aviator as he was? What happened to Mr. Fossett is NO different than if you were pulling out of your own driveway and had only gone 1 mile down the road when a tractor trailer ran a red light and squashed you. NO different.

      He was comfortable in his environment. No…he did not leave a flight plan which is NO different than if you didn’t leave a note when running to the store for milk and detail which roads you would be taking.

      I agree with posters #1 and #2…very, sad ending for such a wonderful soul of a man. I hope that someday the crashsite will be found for the families sake and what happened can be figured out. Obviously, what did happen occurred quickly since he did have a radio and beacon which were never used. My gut says a downdraft got him from what I’ve read about downed plans in the area. One day, maybe we will all know.


    5. da_wench on November 27th, 2007 11:54 pm

      Well said, Brenda. I hope the family will someday be able to put him to rest.

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