Is adventurer Steve Fossett still alive? many think so. Disappearing off the face of the Earth last September on a joyride in a light aircraft above the Nevada desert in the U.S.
The round-the-world flying legend had crashed hot-air balloons and planes across the globe but had always emerged unscathed.
No body or wreckage has ever been found and now five months after a judge officially declared the 63-year-old financier dead investigators have made the astonishing suggestion that he faked his own death.
Lloyd’s risk assessor Robert Davis spent eight months trying to find out what happened, he says that Lloyd's are to pay out $ 25 million on Fossett's death. "All you have in this case is a missing man and a missing plane, no more and no less."
Davis says that law enforcement agents failed to launch a proper investigation into Fossett’s disappearance. The only person who claims to have seen Fossett take off has never been interviewed.
Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Ryan of the U.S. Air Force who was involved in every aspect of the Air Patrol’s month-long hunt finds it deeply suspicious that no trace of Fossett has been found.
" I’ve been doing this search and rescue for 14 years. Fossett should have been found.
It’s not like we didn’t have our eyes open. We found six other planes while we were looking for him. We’re pretty good at what we do."
Even though they hadn't found those planes before.
Lt Col Ryan believes there are many things about Fossett’s supposed last flight that simply don’t add up. He borrowed a tiny Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon plane a make that Fossett, a serious plane buff, was known to dislike and was easy to dismantle.
He left behind his expensive global positioning system watch at the guest cottage where he was staying at on Billionaire Barron Hilton's ranch something he always wore during flights.
He wore only a T-shirt and shorts, and had no parachute or blankets with him just a suitcase filled with $100 bills. The plane was fitted with a satellite rescue beacon to alert rescuers to his position if he crashed. No signal was ever received and the beacon has never been located and even though he always filled out a flight plan he didn't on this occasion.
Fossett’s financial position was not as secure as it seemed. He dabbled on the stock market and had invested heavily in troubled financial companies including Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley.
He had been having affairs with two women and also with close friend Richard Branson who has always seemed to be a bit of a queer duck, many have put that down to him merely being English as it can be so hard to tell. A faked death would be one way to escape an expensive divorce and to avoid everyone knowing he was AD/DC .
Hilton, the billionaire grandfather of party girls Paris and Nicky Hilton employed mercenaries from the controversial security firm Blackwater to guard his ranch during the search and spin doctor Carl Rove was seen fishing at the well stocked trout river.
William Hasley, who co-wrote Fossett’s autobiography, said: "He has unbelievable survival skills, and has crashed all over the world in planes and balloons. I would be very discouraged if he passed in this way."
Mr Fossett should have remembered that its called 'flying' and not crashing. Maybe Fossett is alive and living off hidden bank accounts and has changed his appearance and name to Steve Faucet or now he lives in another dismension which has been previously reported.
A source close to Richard Branson says that Branson has met with Fossett several times since the supposed crash and a pair of Branson's underwear contained not only skid marks but Branson's and Fossett's DNA.
A spokesperson for Richard Branson denies all knowledge and condemns the story as pure fantasy but of course they would. Branson himself who is testing his new space plane in Nevada right now refused to answer any of the questions I shouted to him as the security guards dragged me off.
Branson still sports that crazed maniacal smile in spite of his close friend's supposed demise but if you can't trust millionaires then who can you trust?