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Search team: Missing plane recovery is a slow process, but not giving up

Tina says she's not giving up because Dexter wouldn't give up on her. (Photo source: WLOX News) Tina says she's not giving up because Dexter wouldn't give up on her. (Photo source: WLOX News)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It's been nine weeks since Dexter Brewer's plane went missing off the coast of Jackson County. Over time, his wife says some people have started to ask why she won't accept she may never have a body to bury.

"People have asked me that. They've said, 'You know that he's gone. Why don't you just go on with your life?'" said Dexter's wife, Tina Cook. "Dexter was the love of my life and I can't go on until I know where he's at." 

Dennis and Tammy Watters of Team Watters Sonar, Search and Recovery are using several types of sonar equipment to find the plane, and the three men who were aboard. Unfortunately, the husband and wife team can only search three eighths of square mile a day while looking beneath the surface.

"It's taken us way longer than usual.....the shallowness of the water doesn't allow us to use a lot of range in an effective search," said Dennis. "I could set this thing off at 100 feet on each side, go down there and tell you that it's searched, but it won't be. That's the problem. To tell you for sure that an area has been searched, we have to lower that range and make a lot more passes than normal."  

Dennis and Tammy say they are committed to keep looking; no matter how long it takes.

"At the end of the day the only thing that is going to find this plane is a lot of hard work," said Dennis. "You've got to get out there and just pound away with your sonar." 

From the Watters to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Cook says she's grateful to everyone who has given their time and support.

"There's no closure. You can't go on, and you're stuck," said Cook. "You feel like you're stuck in a rut that you can't get out of." 

Cook says she won't give up because she knows her husband wouldn't give up on her. The National Transportation Safety Board has not identified the cause of the crash, but officials say there was stormy weather that day.

Dexter Brewer's wife and the wife of passenger Gerald Miletello have created a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses from the search. 

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