Drone helps sheriff’s deputies locate man lost in woods

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Deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate a man lost in the woods in Putnam Township at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, using the cellular phone towers and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as a drone.

Deputies were dispatched to a wooded area near the intersection of Patterson Lake Road and Country Lane in Putnam Township after Livingston County Dispatch received a call from a young man who said he was walking in the wooded area, was lost, and did not know how to get back to where he had parked his vehicle. The individual said his cell phone was about to “die” due to a low battery.

Livingston County Central Dispatch was able get an approximate area where the lost individual was by using the cellular phone towers. Sergeant Sell, using the Sheriff’s Office UAV, located the lost individual near Monks Road. Deputies were able to guide him safely back to his vehicle.

The UAV was purchased by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in 2018; a grant awarded by Fire House Subs helped offset the cost of the UAV. In a release, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said it is very thankful to have this equipment available to assist with rescue calls such as this.

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