CAMERON (August 6, 2012)—A paraglider missing since Sunday afternoon was found dead Monday in Milam County, the Department of Public Safety said.
The pilot of a helicopter involved in the search spotted the man from the air Monday, the DPS said.
Don Bayliff, 50, who authorities said was from Atlanta, Ga., was first reported missing at around 4 p.m. Sunday, Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Yarbrough said.
Bayliff was participating in a paragliding contest that left Hearne, flew to areas around Rockdale, Cameron and back to Hearne.
The para-gliding contest is an organized event that Yarbrough said has taken place before in the area.
The event was called off at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday because of concerns about the weather, but Bayliff didn’t make it back to the Hearne starting point, which caused event organizers to begin a search.
When that effort was unfruitful, organizers notified the Milam County Sheriff’s Office, which in turn notified the DPS.
TheDPS deployed an aircraft on Sunday and several ground units from the DPS and the Milam County Sheriff’s Office searched until dark Sunday, but didn’t find Bayliff.
The search resumed Monday morning in an area west of Cameron in rural Milam County and in Robertson County.