PHOTO: 24-yr-old American Pilot Steals Plane, Disappears Over Pacific Ocean
A California flight instructor’s puzzling disappearance
continues to baffle investigators 11 days after he stole
a plane and vanished over the Pacific Ocean.
“It’s a mystery, and it will continue to be until
something pops,” Palo Alto police Sgt. Brian Philip told
the Daily News.
Pilot William McAdams was last seen on May 8 at an
airport in Palo Alto. Surveillance video showed the 24-
year-old between 1 and 2 a.m. before he slipped off
with his employer’s Cessna G1000 Skyhawk.
A faint radar blip registered later about 70 miles off
the California coast, but it wasn’t strong enough to
pinpoint a location, NY Daily News reports.
And then he was gone — literally off the radar. He left
no note, and police have turned up nothing as they
stalk his social media accounts, cellphone records and
bank accounts for any sign of activity.
“There’s not enough for us to even know where to
search,” Philip said.
McAdams was arrested in April on serious charges in
Florida. He pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and
misdemeanor battery and was released on $16,000
bail on April 27.
McAdams is due back in court on June 2, if anyone
can find him.