A newly discovered clue is giving hope to friends and family trying to find Forrest Sanco and Donna Grant, high school sweethearts who reconnected a year ago and flew to the Bahamas on Sept 26 to get married.
The Fort Worth, Texas couple, both 56, went to high school together and led separate lives for decades before reconnecting last year on Facebook.
After a whirlwind romance, the pair decided to get married—and eloped to the Bahamas on a single-engine Cessna airplane for the wedding.
One of the last signs of the couple is this photo Sanco shared on Instagram.
When Sanco first reconnected with Grant, he told his niece, 23-year-old LeeAnn Burger, that it was love at first sight.
“He told us that he knew she was the one after their first date,” Burger told People magazine.
The couple took off from Fort Pierce, Florida, on a route to Rum Cay where they had rented a house and planned to get married. The family has not heard from them since and the last known location of the couple was a fuel stop in North Eleuthera, Bahamas, on the same day they took off.
“They never made it to their next destination,” Burger wrote on a Go Fund Me campaign description.
The search for Sanco and Grant has been complicated by their last known location, putting the under-resourced Royal Bahamian Defense Force in charge of finding them.
Family say the search has been too slow.
“Due to lack of resources with the Bahamian government and coast guard we have been forced to hire our own private search crews and pilots,” Burger wrote on the campaign description.
“Everything we raise will go to our efforts to bring them home whatever it takes,” wrote Burger.
Brandon Simmons, Grant’s son, flew to the Bahamas with his wife in an effort to put pressure on the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force to search for the missing pair.
After two weeks without any sign of the pair, family members have found hope harder to hold on to.
“We’re struggling. I mean it’s been terrible,” Erin Simmons, Donna Grant’s daughter-in-law told People magazine.
Now evidence has been found that could limit the massive search area.
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reported that a wheel was found by some fishermen this week that investigators say matches the plane Sanco and Grant were flying in.
“I think it’s a good thing because it gives them an area to start,” said Forrest’s older sister, Sue McDaniel, told CBS.