Wife of missing man joins massive search effort on the water

Wife of missing man joins massive search effort on the water

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Worried family and friends organized their own search team Thursday to help look for three missing men.

They gathered at Webb's Landing in Jackson County, where dozens of emergency vehicles and vessels were coming and going throughout the day.

Also part of the search effort was the wife of one of the missing men. With friends by her side, Pam Miletello clung to that support and her faith to guide her as she prepared to go find her husband.

"We're just going to try to perform some God-sent searches," Miletello said.

As noon approached, the group headed out on a private boat, with thoughts of her husband Gerald Miletello tearing at her heart.

"It's hard. I go in and out. One minute I'm fine, the next, I'm crying. I'm trying to stay focused. That's what my husband would want me to do," said Miletello.

Miletello says the show of support, from the prayers to the search teams, has been overwhelming. More than 10 agencies from across Mississippi spent the day scouring the shoreline and waters by boat and chopper. A Black Hawk helicopter from the Air National Guard Base and several crews from Alabama also joined the massive search effort.

"He's willing to help anybody and that's why he's getting so much support right now. Also Dexter Brewer, an amazing man and Ron Gregory as well, super good guys, super strong guys. So we're pulling for them and one way or another, we're going to find them and bring them home," Pam said.

Jacob McNeal came all the way from Texas to help search for Gerald Miletello.

"I know he'd do the same for me. The moment I heard about it, it broke my heart. I'd rather be here lending a helping hand if I could," said McNeal.

The two men have been drag racing together for the last four years. They talked on the phone just two hours before the plane disappeared Monday.

"I really, really want to find him. I don't want to say goodbye to my friend yet. I don't want to lose somebody that close. It's really hard," he said.

After an hour on the water, Pam Miletelllo's search team returned. There was still no sign of the three missing men or pieces of the single engine plane. Miletello made another desperate plea for help.

"There are houses everywhere. Get out in your yards. Do something to help us. It's not too late for a miracle," she said.

Pam Miletello is asking for more prayers, as the family continues to seek some sort of closure.

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