Clipped From Ukiah Daily Journal
Search for Missing Plane Extended to Laytonville, BranscombV 24 Planes Aloft The search for the light plane missing since Saturday with two Cloverdale men over the western Mendocino county mountains was extended today to include the Willits, Laytonville and Branscomb areas. Sheriff Reno Bartolomie, who is directing the search operation, reported Two dozen light planes from the sheriff's air squadron and the Civil Air Patrol squadrons of Ukiah and Santa Rosa as well as some volunteer planes were in the air this morning but no ground search parties were out. No trace has yet been found of the red and gray Piper Super Cub which was last seen over Philo about noon Saturday bearing Gordon Barrows, 37, and Ralph Potter, 37, both of Cloverdale. Barrows was the pilot. Bartolomie's 12-unit four-wheel- drive jeep patrol was split into two units today, one standing by in VVilllts and one in Boonville to await possible finding of wreckage.' About 80 men were available as ground searchers for the same pui-pose but were just standing by. The coast guard search plane which combed the area yesterday was again searching at 3000 feet today. It also spotfed the weather balloon parachute yesterday which was at first reported to be the fusilage of the missing plane. Sheriff Bartolomie ahd his men went into the Perry Gulch area southwest of Navarro and chetked out the report to discover it was merely a parachute from a weather balloon.