After hours of desperate searching, police in North Carolina dispatched a drone and located an 81-year-old woman with dementia who was missing for 24 hours.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina managed to locate an 81-year-old woman with dementia who had been missing for 24 hours.
The woman apparently left her house and was still missing after police and volunteers searched for her for hours. When they reached a large cornfield located a few hundred yards away from her house, they decided to use a drone to help comb the complicated terrain.
The drone’s pilot, Adam Krolfifer, managed to locate the missing woman within 25 minutes. Her brightly colored coat helped, Krolfifer said: “I let out a ‘yee-ha-yes.’ The family came running over, ‘Did you find her?’ This was exciting to me. It was just one of those moments.”
The Randolph County sheriff prided himself on the effectiveness of the use of the drones. “The drone program at the Sheriff’s Office is one of our newest projects and one more project in our effort of going from ‘Good to Great’ in professional community service,” Robert A. Graves wrote in a Facebook post. “I am thankful to hear the good news of the safe return of the missing person. The family expressed their gratitude for the quick response. I am very proud of all of our team in making this safe return. Keep up the great work!”