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McAdams, circa 2015; Airplane that McAdams was flying

Missing Since 05/08/2015

Missing From Palo Alto, California

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Male

Race White

Date of Birth Used 07/14/1990 (30)

Age 24 years old

Height and Weight 6'2, 155 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. McAdams has a tattoo of an airplane on his shoulder. His nickname is Will.

Details of Disappearance
McAdams was last seen in Palo Alto, California during the early morning hours of May 8, 2015. He worked as a flight instructor at the Palo Alto Municipal Airport. At 1:00 a.m., he took a single-engine 2011 G1000 Cessna Skyhawk 172S without permission and flew away, and has never been heard from again.

The plane, which has the tail number N191TG, has a range of about 500 miles. A photo of it is posted with this case summary. It was picked up on radar at 2:45 a.m., approximately 70 miles off the coast of Watsonville, California, apparently flying southwest over the water at 134 miles per hour.

A few hours later, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) got a signal from the plane's emergency beacon, but the signal was so brief that the FAA was unable to track a location. It's possible the beacon was activated unintentionally.

McAdams was facing domestic violence charges in Florida at the time of his disappearance; he'd been arrested in Orange County on April 24 and charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery.

The charges stemmed from an argument he got into with a woman at an Orlando hotel; when she tried to leave, he allegedly attacked her with a knife. He bonded out of jail on April 27. He planned to plead not guilty, and his arraignment was scheduled for June 2. McAdams's family stated the allegations against him were uncharacteristic of his behavior.

McAdams was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, spent his childhood in Florida and moved back to Wisconsin for high school. After graduation, he enrolled in a flight school in Florida.


The Coast Guard initiated a search for McAdams and the plane after he disappeared, but then called it off. They stated a thorough search would have to cover approximately 120,000 square miles and they were not equipped to do that.


Investigating Agency / Department

Palo Alto Police Department 650-329-2558

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