Theodore Weiss Plane Wreckage (Dunnellon, Florida)
ADDRESS: 15765 SW County Hwy 484, Dunnellon, FL 34432
Please be aware that these are approximate coordinates. From what I have gathered from news sources and police reports, the crash site is near the Pruitt Trailhead, about 300 yards from County Road 484.
COORDINATES: 29.053839, -82.376064
On April 5, 2014, Theodore T. Weiss, a 74-year-old experienced pilot, departed the Marion County Airport on his way to Zephyrhills. When he didn’t return home, friends reported him missing after they found his car still parked at the Zephyrhills airport and his airplane hangar empty.
Weiss was an experienced pilot who frequently flew to New York, where he lived part of the year. His plane was a small, single-engine Sonex two-seater aircraft. Between 120 and 135 people took part in the search for Weiss and his plane, including law enforcement personnel from nearby towns. After searching for nearly 20 square miles, the ground search was suspended.
The crash site was found 6 months later by a hiker walking in the woods near Pruitt Trailhead, just 2 miles from where Weiss initially took off. Weiss’ skeletal remains were strapped in the seat of the aircraft.
After two years and what they described as an extensive and labor-intensive investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report stating they could not pinpoint the cause of the plane crash. The abandoned wreckage of the plane still remains today.