EXCLUSIVE: Mother of missing teen passenger shares a plea to find the body of her son

Posted at 7:27 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 19:27:31-05

The plane is barely recognizable and the investigation into what caused the single engine Piper Cherokee to crash is far from over.

Investigators with the Levy County Sheriff's Office said the pilot ,65-year-old Jasper Jerrrels, had flown for years.

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They found his body on Tuesday. The body of his fiancé, 60-year-old Hue Singletary, on Sunday, but still no sign of his 17-year-old son, Dylan.

After more than a week of searching remnants of the plane were found on Monday.

"You don't ever want to see something like this," cried Dylan's mother Sarah Jerrels breaking down with her brother Craig Goldstein by her side. "It just comforts me knowing that he did not have any pain. That's all I can say."

The search lasted not only a week. The plane was found about 14 feet in the water about six and half miles from Cedar Key. Jerrels had taken off from Brooksville.

"The condition of the wreckage of the airplane was in the description of the salvage company as the worst they have seen," said Lt. Scott Tummond.

"It's impossible. I just need him next to his dad. We found his dad and we want them to be together," said Jerrels.

And until then, for this family there is no hope for closure. The Coast Guard suspended it's search, but the sheriff's office isn't giving up.

"We are hoping prevailing winds and light tides will push Dylan to shore so we can locate him," said Lt. Tummond.

The family also has this plea.

"I think it's very important that any boater from Cedar Key to Crystal River and along the coast to keep an eye out. Dylan needs to be found. Our family needs closure," said Goldstein.

A senior at Steinbrenner High School Dylan had his life in front of him. His mother said he was headed to USF and then to the service.

She also said viewing the wreckage she knows their is no hope for survival. But it is now just about a little peace.

"I just want him home. I just want to keep him warm. I just want to keep him warm," cried Jerrels.

The sheriff has made it his personal mission to bring Dylan's body home.



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