A Waseca man serving as a missionary in Africa has been missing for more than a week.
According to the Associated Press, U.S. diplomats asked for help Friday in the search for an American pilot in a small turboprop aircraft that went missing (April 7) in a storm off the coast of West Africa.
A statement published Thursday night said: "If you catch sight of any debris from a plane that has crashed to earth or in the ocean" please contact an embassy official.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Kevin Krapf told The Associated Press on Friday that the pilot was an American but that he could not provide any other details because of privacy laws.
Family members in Waseca identify the pilot Jerry Krause. According to a Find Jerry Facebook page, Krause is a missionary who served "the Mission Aviation Fellowship, but when MAF pulled out of Mali in 2009, (Krause) stayed on with Sahel Aviation to continue serving there."
The statement said the missing plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 with the registration ZS-PHL on its tail. Only the Krause was on board. The statement said it had disappeared in the area of the Gulf of Guinea on Sunday.
Krause's wife, Gina, is also in Africa serving as a missionary.