Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Whitehurst was last seen on April 17, 1992. Witnesses saw David Earl Whitehurst , 41, take off from Vandenberg Airport, east of Tampa, the evening of April 17, but neither the man nor the single-engine Piper 28-181 Archer he was flying have been seen since. Whitehurst's expensive silver sports car was located in the parking lot of Vandenberg Airport, a general aviation field east of Temple Terrace. His keys and wallet were inside. He is believed to have been in a beige, low-winged Piper PA 28-181 with brown, orange and white stripes. The registration number is N4319N. He got his pilot's license a month prior. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show Whitehurst called for a weather briefing. However, he did not file a flight plan, normally a routine procedure. Information from witnesses suggested Whitehurst may have headed north when he left Vandenberg Airport. But no one has heard from Whitehurst since April 16, 1992 when he spoke with friends. he had been threatened prior to his disappearance, due to being in the collections business and running Continental Recovery Systems in Tampa. His family realized Whitehurst was missing when he did not show up for work at his collection agency and did not call the business.
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