RENO — Federal Aviation Administration officials believe two people were in a single-engine aircraft that went missing about 80 miles southeast of Reno after departing North Las Vegas Airport on Sunday, including the 30-year-old pilot the plane’s owners have identified as Reno resident Cory Marble.
“We initially thought one person was on board but are told two people were on board,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email Wednesday .
Marble’s mother, Kay Lynn Marble, said Wednesday that authorities told her a 21-year-old woman from Minden was riding with him.
Gregor said the Cessna 182 with two people on board departed North Las Vegas Airport about 6 p.m. Sunday for Reno-Stead Airport but never arrived.
Lyon County dispatchers said a search resumed Wednesday for the aircraft.
Sharon and Paul Tueller, who own the plane, said they had loaned the aircraft to Marble, whom they have known since he was a child, so he could take a short business trip to Southern Nevada.
Marble had promised flight lessons in exchange, the couple said.
“We’re so sad,” Sharon Tueller, 70, said. “It breaks you up.”
FAA records show Marble holds a commercial pilot’s license and is a certified flight instructor rated for single-engine and multi-engine aircraft over land with instrument qualifications. He must wear corrective lenses.
On Monday, Kay Lynn Marble called the Tuellers in tears to say her son was missing, Sharon Tueller said.
The aircraft was last detected 78 miles southeast of Reno.
Marble flies professionally for a medical transport company, according to the Tuellers.
They said he is an Eagle Scout and has two brothers, including one who is serving in the military in Afghanistan.
“He’s a fine young man,” Paul Tueller said.
Review-Journal writer Keith Rogers contributed to this report.