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NECA Standards Director Brooke Stauffer and Fiancée Missing After Plane Went Down

New York, Aug 30, 2007

Brooke Stauffer, executive director of standards and safety at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and his fiancée Karen Dodds, are missing after the single-engine plane they were flying went down over Lake Huron on August 24. A massive search is now underway.

The Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit is conducting an investigation along the Lake Huron shoreline where debris from a small plane washed ashore Wednesday. Search efforts are concentrated within the triangle connecting Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc Island and Hammond Bay, an area approximately two and one half miles wide. The couple, who had been vacationing on Mackinac Island, set out from the airport there on Friday afternoon. They were planning to visit her family in the area of Bad Axe, Michigan.

Stauffer, who joined NECA’s national headquarters in June 1995, oversees the development of the association’s National Installation Standards and safety resources. He also serves as chairman of the National Fire Protection Association's electrical section, which has overall responsibility for the National Electrical Code. He is also a principal on the Code-Making Panel 1, NFPA.

“Since Brooke became NECA’s representative to ANSI nearly ten years ago, he has been a champion and advocate for standardization and safety programs that support the electrical contracting and fire protection industries,” stated Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “His efforts in ANSI’s Organizational Member Forum and Board of Standards Review helped to showcase attention on building codes and standards, enhance electrical safety, and other areas where the standardization community could provide real-life solutions to pressing issues of the day. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brooke and Karen and all whose lives have been touched by the tragedy of their disappearance.”

A blog ( maintained by Brooke’s oldest son, Christian Stauffer, has been created as a central point of contact for family and friends.