Steve Fossett’’s widow denies he faked death

July 29th, 2008 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 29 (ANI): A lawyer for aviation adventurer Steve Fossetts widow has denied claims that the millionaire may have faked his own death.

Fossett went missing last September after taking off from a remote Nevada airstrip.

Michael LoVallo disputed suggestions from investigators and insurance assessors that the record-setting pilot and balloonist, a friend of Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, could still be alive after his mysterious disappearance 10 months ago.

Steves wife Peggy petitioned a Chicago court to have her husband declared dead.

In the month of February her request was granted and she was awarded her husband’’s estate of more than 10 million dollars.

“The remarks (that Fossett could still be alive) were in disregard of the fact, many facts,” Telegraph quoted LoVallo, as telling The Daily Telegraph.

“The petition to the court is of public record, that includes comprehensively all the relevant facts and I suggest someone actually review the facts responsibly and review the petition, he added.

Mrs Fossett had no comment on the claims, he added.

Fossett, 63, the first man to fly non-stop round the earth in a hot air balloon, went missing last September after taking off from a remote Nevada airstrip on a short trip to inspect a site for possible use in a land speed record attempt. He never returned.

His disappearance sparked the most intensive hunt for a missing aircraft in US history, involving Civil Air Patrol’’s Black Hawks, fitted with infra-red technology, as well as 30 private planes and a global internet effort led by Amazon.com and Google.

Mrs Fossett contributed over 1 million dollars to the efforts, her lawyers have said.

Neither Fossett’’s body nor the plane’’s wreckage were ever located. (ANI)

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