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Sunday, July 18, 1999 Published at 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK

World: Americas

Picture gallery: America stunned

The disappearance of John F Kennedy Junior - son of the assassinated US president - has left Americans in a state of shock and sorrow.

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Cousin Rory, centre, with her fiance Mark Bailey after their wedding was postponed following the news of the plane's disappearance.

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Neighbours have been going to the Kennedy's Manhattan home to leave flowers and candles.

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A Sunday newspaper lies in the driveway of Ann Freeman, mother of Carolyn and Lauren Bessette.

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A moment of silent prayer for John F Kennedy Junior at the site of his father's assassination in Dallas.

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Flowers for JFK Jnr are left at his father's grave in Arlington, Virginia.

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Luggage is found washed up on a beach in Martha's Vineyard, belonging to Mr Kennedy's sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette.

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The debris was found near Gay Head, on the south-western coast of Martha's Vineyard.

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