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Nevada may seek payment for adventurer Steve Fossett search

Associated Press

Nevada lawmakers are asking for an independent audit of nearly $700,000 in costs associated with the month long search for missing aviator Steve Fossett.

The audit will detail the activities and the billings for the Department of Public Safety and the Nevada National Guard, the two state agencies involved in the search last fall.

“There are additional costs, and they are substantial,” emergency management chief Frank Siracusa told the Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Hundreds of searchers scoured the Nevada desert for more than a month after Fossett failed to return from a Labor Day flight from Baron Hilton’s ranch near Yerington.

Fossett, who has not been found, was declared dead by an Illinois judge in February. Assemblyman Morse Arberry, D-Las Vegas, suggested the state seek reimbursement from Fossett’s estate.

Budget Director Andrew Clinger said the state has received $200,000 from Hilton but has not sought money from Fossett’s family.