Andrew Pridgen
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February 17, 2008
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Steve Fossett officially dead, but hope still lingers

The search is over.

Friday in a Cook County, Illinois courtroom, Judge Jeffrey Malak said there was "sufficient evidence" to declare millionaire adventurer and aviation pioneer Steve Fossett dead after hearing an update from wife, Peggy Fossett, a family friend and a search-and-rescue expert.

Since Sept. 3, 2007, the day Fossett went down somewhere in the Northern Nevada

desert, a glimmer of hope he would be found seemed to remain.

The first admission he may have been lost for good came less than a month after his disappearance on Oct. 2, 2007.

That day Peggy called off the search for …

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