BREMERTON - The search for a Silverdale man who was reported missing by his family last week continued slowly Saturday as search and rescue aircraft waited for clouds to clear so pilots could look for any sign of the plane he was reportedly flying when he was last seen.
Richard E. Nims, 74, is a former commercial and military pilot. According to an investigation by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Nims took off Nov. 17 from Apex Airpark, a small, private airstrip near Silverdale. He was flying a 2004 Citabria Scout, tail number N273MA, which had been parked at the airstrip, according to family members.
He did not file a flight plan, and no emergency signal has been detected from his aircraft.
Aviation search and rescue crews were able to conduct only minimal searches Friday because of poor weather. Three search flights were conducted Friday, and at least one of the five planes available for the search was used Saturday.
The additional planes and a helicopter were waiting for the weather to improve to assist in the search, according to Tom Peterson, search and rescue coordinator for the state Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, which is leading the multiagency search.
Members of Nims’ family reported him missing Tuesday after going to his house and finding no one home.