Search Called Off for Missing Spruce Grove Pilot, Girlfriend

Dominic Neron, left, and Ashley Bourgeault, right. (Family photos)

Dominic Neron and Ashley Bourgeault remain missing.

After nine days and 120 hours of flight time, the search has been called off for Dominic Neron and Ashley Bourgeault.

Neron, 28 and of Spruce Grove, and Bourgeault, a mother of three, were on board Neron's 1963 Mooney M20D when the single engine aircraft took off from Penticton on the afternoon of November 25th, bound for Edmonton.  When they did not arrive, the plane was reported missing around 10:40 p.m. and was last tracked on radar roughly 46 kilometres northeast of Revelstoke, British Columbia.

A release from Maritime Forces Pacific states the following:

"After an exhaustive search for a single-engine plane missing since November 25, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria has made the difficult decision to suspend their search today as of 15:30 PST, and transfer the case to the RCMP."

In their flight time, Royal Canadian Air Force and Parks Canada aircraft covered over 22,000 square kilometres.

The family of the missing couple are hoping to continue the search by recruiting volunteers and are also asking for information regarding an emergency survival kit Neron may have had on board the plane.

-TS

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