UPDATE: 9 a.m. 2/11/2021: The father and son who perished in plane crash in eastern Grundy County Monday evening have been identified as Philip Joseph Lefevre, Sr., 82, of St. Louis, and Philip Joseph LeFevre, 47, of Sunset Hills, Mo, according to Coroner Grundy County Dewayne Slater. Their bodies were recovered on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
UPDATE: 02/09/2020, 2:39 p.m. — The missing plane has been located in Grundy County. According to MSHP Troop H Public Information Officer Jake Engle, the plane was occupied twice and there were not any survivors. The crash site was found about a mile southeast of Galt.
The plane first originated from St. Louis on Monday, where it stopped in Moberly and headed for Kirksville. Officials reported the plane missing from radar around 10 p.m. Monday.
Authorities worked through the night to locate the plane. The two men killed have not been identified as of Tuesday evening. The Grundy County Sheriff has confirmed the two males were father and adult son from St. Louis.
The cause of the crash is not confirmed and is still under investigation.
GRUNDY COUNTY, Mo. — A search is in progress for a plane that likely never made it to its destination after departing at some point on Monday.
Multiple law enforcement agencies including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and officials in Grundy County are involved in looking for the missing aircraft. According to highway patrol Troop B public information officer Corporal Justin Dunn, the FAA first notified the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office around 10 p.m. Monday of the possibility of an aircraft that departed from the Moberly Airport going missing on its way to Kirksville. According to Dunn, the FAA has not confirmed what time the plane departed, nor when it was supposed to land. He says that although there is no confirmation the plane landed, there is no indication that the plane crashed either.
“We have no confirmed sightings of an airplane going down and we have no confirmed airplane crash at this time,” Dunn says. “It’s just they have not had contact with the aircraft.”
Dunn says the FAA was able to use a forensic radar analysis to pin the last known location of the plane, which is in the Humphreys area. Authorities have been sent to search this area.
“They (the FAA) requested for the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and the highway patrol to go to an area over by Humphreys due to a forensic radar analysis they had come up with for a flight path of where they believe the aircraft had possibly crashed,” Dunn says. “We’re not 100% positive if it did go down that that’s actually where its at.”
Grundy County officials have also been notified of the crash and the likelihood that the plan could have gone down in the eastern portion of the county. The Facebook post the county’s emergency management page made says the plane is a single-engine white Cessna 177 with red stripes. Just as he was not able to with the whereabouts, Dunn was not able to confirm how many passengers were on the plane.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 911.