My husband, Bill Fitzpatrick, is an Anti-Poaching Pilot for one of the largest National Wildlife preserves in Africa, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Congo. He and his plane went missing after departing Kano, Nigeria, enroute to Douala, Cameroon on June 22, 2014. Officially, the last anyone heard from Bill was the ATC (Air Traffic Control) handoff from Nigerian airspace to Cameroon airspace. We have no hard evidence/proof that he took off from Kano, Nigeria. We can not obtain any fuel records, radar logs, ATC transcripts and other evidence in helping us establish a trail of his activity, or what happened to Bill and his Cessna 172 plane.
Aerial searches coordinated by African Parks, Billâ€™s employer, in cooperation with Cameroon military search, (Nigeria refused to join the search), have found no trace of Bill nor his plane. We continue to urge and press for help – the US State Dept, Conservation Groups, Cameroon and Nigeria government, to assist in our efforts to find Bill.
Multiple NGOs (non government organizations) in both countries have been notified and a reward has been announced on local radio and TV stations for information on locating Bill and/or the plane.
The Odzala-Kokoua National Park Manager and individuals within the US State Department keep me updated on search efforts and results. They have been supportive and absolutely wonderful.
There are too many questions with no answers. Despite our concerns and frustrations, our family is very grateful for all of your Actions, Suggestions, Phone calls, Emails, Kind thoughts and Prayers.
I am asking for you to continue all of those positive thoughts. I am also asking that you help to keep the search active and increase the awareness of the US pilot missing in Nigeria by viewing our links which include a White House petition and sample letters to be sent to your congressmen.
Please express your concern that a US citizen is missing and must be found. As you know, the US government has recently funded and are actively involved in searching for the 200 school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. Demand that our Government find a US citizen and Pilot gone missing in Nigeria! Don’t forget to mention that Bill is a retired (30 years) Federal government (NPS) employee!!
Please think what you can do to help get Bill home.
Searching for Answers,
~ Paula Fitzpatrick