On Sunday, a search for a skydiver who was reported missing three days ago was resumed just before dawn. According to the King County Sheriff's Office, the skydiver went missing in the mountains of Seattle. On Jan. 6, CNN reported that friends of the Florida man told officials he went missing on Thursday after he didn't show up at a landing zone.
Sgt. Cindy West issued the following statement to media sources:
"We don't know if he's on the ground. We don't know if his parachute deployed, and he's stuck up in a tree somewhere."
Officials were told by friends of Kurt Ruppert, 29, that he disappeared after he made his second jump in a wingsuit from a helicopter above the Cascade Mountains.
After the man was reported missing the search for the skydiver went underway on Thursday. However, dozens of mountain rescuers failed to find the man.
The mountain rescuers believed that Ruppert could have gotten stuck in a tree. Rescuers used the helicopter's trajectory and cell phone signals from Ruppert's phone to help pinpoint his possible location. The man has not been found as of yet, but the search is still in process.
Friends and family members of the missing skydiver haven't given up hope that Ruppert is still alive. Art Shaffer, who is a friend of Ruppert said,
"We've got our fingers crossed"