CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The biggest search this year for missing aviator Steve Fossett has ground to a halt with team members leaving a rugged mountain area without any sign of the millionaire.
Fossett vanished a year ago during a pleasure flight in a borrowed plane. The 28-member team had been looking for him since August 23rd and packed up its gear yesterday.
Detailed information on the areas searched in Nevada's Wassuk Mountain Range will be turned over to local authorities.
Search team organizer Robert Hyman says he's "disappointed," but glad the team tried.
Fossett made a fortune in the Chicago financial markets. He has attempted or set more than 100 records in balloons, gliders, airplanes and boats. In 2002, he became the first person to circle the world solo in a balloon.
Fossett was declared legally dead by a judge in February.
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