Mother Seeks Closure After Plane Crash Takes Lives Of Ex-Husband, Son
Posted December 14, 2001
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — C.J. Scarbell was a 5-year-old boy from Rocky Mount who loved to go flying with his father. The two of them were in a small plane last month when it crashed in the water near Savannah, Ga. Their bodies have not been found, and the boy's grieving mother longs for closure.
Pat Sisco cannot let go of her son.
"It's not dawned on me that he's not coming home. There's a chance maybe he is coming home. I hope he comes home," Sisco said. "I have a 5-year-old son that is down there, and I need him and his father to be brought up because nobody deserves to stay down there," she said.
Sisco's son and her ex-husband, C.J.'s dad, were flying from Rocky Mount to St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thanksgiving Day. Outside Savannah, the plane suddenly disappeared from radar. Coast Guard units immediately began searching this area off Tybee Island and they found what they feared -- a field full of debris.
"I've got to bring him home for closure. We have to do that," she said. "I just wish somebody could go down there and just get them up."
Professional divers, assembled from all over the country, have been donating their time, exposing their emotions to help families they have never met until now.
"The situation is tragic in and of itself, and we cannot turn the clock back and prevent that tragedy, and that's not the focus of this effort," said Scott Romme of the Trident Foundation. "The focus of this effort is just to realistically bring some answers."
"I'm going to get closure. I'm bringing my son and his father out of that water. I am not leaving Tybee Island until I do that," she said. "I have to have closure in my life. If not, I can't go on. I can't."
The cost of the search off the Georgia coast is substantial, and a fund has been set up to help the family. Donations can be dropped off at any BB&T Bank, care of the Christopher J. Scarbel Foundation.