|By George "The Streak" Talmer
It has been four weeks since Dr. Helen Bryce-Luthor was reportedly sucked out of the LuthorCorp jet that was carrying her and her husband, Lex Luthor, as they attempted for a second time to take their honeymoon. After an exhaustive search on several Caribbean islands, the Coast Guard received its first encouraging news yesterday.
Officials in Dominica, part of the Windward Islands, have found a parachute near the small fishing village of Calibishie, on the northeastern tip of the British Commonwealth nation. Spencer Creighton, head of the search-and-rescue mission for the U.S. Coast Guard, said, "Two fisherman discovered the parachute in some vegetation just off the beach. It had LuthorCorp markings on it. The chute was opened and undamaged, so this is encouraging news."
Just two days earlier, Coast Guard authorities had called off the search for Dr. Bryce-Luthor, much to the
chagrin of her husband, Lex Luthor. Mitchell Taylor, spokesman for LuthorCorp and the Luthor family, said that Lex "is relieved that the search is still on. He would love nothing more than to be able to see his bride again."
Dr. Bryce-Luthor's father, Stanley Bryce, the famed Metropolis plastic surgeon, received the news with guarded optimism. "If they found a parachute, then my daughter is likely still alive. But why would she willingly jump from a plane that Lex was later able to land? Why hasn't she tried to call us? This just isn't adding up for me."
Officials are currently combing Calibishie and the nearby Melville Hall Airport for anyone that may have come into contact with Dr. Bryce-Luthor. Creighton cautioned the media not to get overly enthusiastic, however. "Judging from where the plane lost cabin pressure and the location of Dominica, this chute may have actually been from the LuthorCorp jet that crashed in May."