Sheriff’s deputy uses drone to locate runaway teen

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A drone operator with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office used thermal imaging and located three teen runaways as they were hiding in the wooded area off of Highway 80 around 10:30 p.m. last week.

Around 10:15 p.m. on March 8, Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Haughton area to help search for three teen male juveniles who had run away from Camp Minden’s Youth Challenge Program. 

They were reportedly seen near Highway 80 just west of Camp Minden, and a Haughton Police Department officer informed the deputies that he saw the teenagers run into the woods.  Patrol deputies started their search in the wooded area near the vicinity of Showdown Saloon on Highway 80, and finding them safe and sound was priority number one. 

But it was dark, and a ground search in the wooded area would be difficult. 

A Bossier deputy who was recently trained as an unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV) operator also came to the scene to provide assistance.  The deputy quickly deployed the drone that was equipped with thermal imaging, and within one minute of launch, he had the teens in sight in the middle of the woods.