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As the search for former CIA Director William Colby was scaled back, his wife said she believes he is still alive and awaiting rescue.

"Bill survived parachuting into France and Norway to fight the Germans in World War II. He survived two tours of duty in Vietnam and a horrible mugging a few years ago in Georgetown. If he survived all that, he can survive tipping over in a canoe," Sally Shelton-Colby told The Washington Post."I think there's a real chance he is on land somewhere, perhaps with a broken leg or stunned, but waiting to be found," she said.

But authorities say the 76-year-old Colby is presumed dead. A scaled-back search resumed at dawn Thursday with boats outfitted with sonar equipment.