August 4, 2014 8:26 pm

Locator beacon recovered from plane crash that left teen dead, dad missing

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 file photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, take off from an airport in Greenwood, Ind. for an around-the-world flight.

AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – Officials in American Samoa on Monday recovered a personal locator beacon registered to an Indiana teen and his father who crashed off the U.S. territory last month as they attempted to fly around the world.

Haris Suleman, 17, died in the July 22 crash and his father, Babar Suleman, remains missing.

The beacon registered to the Sulemans was retrieved from a family in a shoreline village, American Samoa Department of Homeland Security Director Iuniasolua Savusa said Monday.

Local authorities got a call late Sunday from the U.S. Force Rescue Center in Florida that the beacon was transmitting GPS co-ordinates, Savusa said.

Police searched the shoreline and Homeland Security issued a bulletin Sunday night for help from the community.

Savusa said a young boy found the device and took it home.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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