Feeds

Fake plane death businessman cuffed in Florida

Light aircraft bail-out masterplan ends in attempted suicide

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

The US financial advisor who attempted to fake his own death in a light aircraft crash has been arrested at a Florida campsite following an apparent suicide attempt, CNN reports.

Marcus Schrenker, 38, left Anderson, Indiana, on Sunday in a Piper PA-46 en route for Destin, Florida. Over Alabama, he sent a distress call saying the aircraft's windscreen had "imploded" and that he was bleeding.

Two military aircraft were scrambled to assist, but found the plane flying on autopilot, with its door open and no sign of the pilot. It subsequently crashed in a swamp near East Milton, Florida, "missing a group of homes by only 50 to 75 yards", according to the local Santa Rosa County sheriff's office.

Investigators discovered no evidence of blood and an intact windscreen, raising strong suspicions that Schrenker had bailed out of the aircraft.

Schrenker did indeed turn up at a house in Childersburg, Alabama, a few hours after the crash, claiming he'd been in a canoeing accident. A resident gave the fugitive a lift into town, where "police made contact with him, identifying him through his FAA pilot's license".

Officers took Schrenker to a hotel in nearby Harpersville, unaware of the crash. As soon as they got wind of the news, they returned to find Schrenker "had checked in under a fictitious name and was gone".

Schrenker had in fact made good his escape on "a 2008 red Yamaha street bike" he'd previously hidden at a rented storage unit in Harpersville. Investigators "found the unit empty of the motorcycle and with some wet clothes left behind".

The businessman's flight from justice ended yesterday when he was arrested at a campsite near Quincy, Florida, suffering "deep cuts on his wrists", as the Florida-based US Marshals Service put it. He was put under guard at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

An Indiana judge on Monday froze the assets of Schrenker, his wife and three of his companies - Heritage Wealth Management, Heritage Insurance Services and Icon Wealth Management. These are "the subjects of an active investigation by the Indiana Securities Division" amid allegations that Schrenker "defrauded several investors".

CNN has more details here and a video report here. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1
Beijing fears it could beam secrets back to America
Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!
How many As? Reg hack's writing cops a shoeing
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.