BREMERTON - Ground crews searching in the 3,000 acre Bremerton Watershed discovered the plane flown by Richard E. Nims on Sunday morning.
Nims, 74, was also found dead inside the aircraft, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilson.
Crews were searching the area surrounding the Bremerton National Airport on Saturday and Sunday after receiving radar information that Nims may have been flying in the area after taking off from Apex Airpark, a private airstrip outside of Silverdale.
“It was radar tracking information researched from Nov. 17 when he took off that led the coordinator for the search effort to focus on that section of Kitsap County,” Wilson said.
Saturday’s search was called off when it became dark, but crews returned Sunday at 8 a.m.
Nims’ plane was found at 11:25 a.m. on the hillside above and to the northwest of Casad Dam, located within the Bremerton Watershed, Wilson said. A canine search and rescue outfit out of Pierce County, found the plane.
Two other search crews, the Explorer Search and Rescue of Kitsap County and Olympic Mountain Rescue, also helped with the ground search.
Nims was reported missing by his family Nov. 23 after they went to his Silverdale home and he wasn’t there. He was last seen at the Apex Airpark on Nov. 17 where he kept his 2004 Citabria Scout airplane. He was seen taking off from the airstrip between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., according to an initial investigation by the sheriff’s office.