Officials Search for 3 Days; Drone Finds Missing Man After 20 Minutes

After three fruitless days of extensive searching by authorities, an amateur drone pilot located a missing elderly man in a mere 20 minutes.

On Sunday, David Lesh helped save Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man who had gone missing for three days in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, last week. Search and rescue teams had been looking for him for all that time, using helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers, according to the WMTV.

Then Lesh, who owns a ski and snowboard outerwear company in Colorado but was in the area on vacation, volunteered to help using his drone — and found DeVenecia in 20 minutes.

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Project will improve search for missing in Bellmawr, NJ

Bellmawr police have new high-tech tools to find the missing.

Five borough officers were trained this week on Project Lifesaver, a program that uses transmitter bracelets and tracking receivers to electronically locate people whose conditions make them prone to wandering.

Police Det. Sgt. Bill Perna said the department received a federal grant to cover the cost of two transmitters and receivers, as well as the training.

“(It’s) another tool to help the public out,” he noted.

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Wireless Alerts Change Face Of Missing Child Investigations – WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

You’ve probably seen them on your phone – text alerts informing you of a missing or kidnapped child.

The wireless Amber Alert messages are a relatively new technology, which state investigators say can drastically improve the odds of bringing a missing child home.

“The whole idea is to get the information out to the public and spread it statewide,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Ryan Carmichael. “So that people can begin looking to see if they see a vehicle or person matching that description.”

The wireless system was only implemented in Georgia about a year and a half ago, but investigators say it’s already had a tremendous effect.

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Full Disclosure: NamUs database becomes powerful tool to find missing people | Star Tribune

Martin Franzel walked away from his Minneapolis home in 1963 and never returned. Aaron Anderson, 2, was last seen in his Pine City yard in 1989. This May, Cody Christle, 20, set off on foot from a friend’s Hinckley home and vanished.

These are three of the 147 Minnesotans in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), the first publicly accessible nationwide database designed to solve some of the most puzzling and agonizing modern mysteries.

It has only been five years since the database became fully operational. That’s surprising, given that the agency behind NamUs, the U.S. Department of Justice, has overseen the National Crime Information Center since it debuted 47 years ago. That massive database also includes information on missing persons and unidentified bodies, but it remains a tool of law enforcement that is off-limits to the public.

The true power of NamUs is harnessing the collective knowledge of family, friends and other interested individuals to match unidentified remains with the names of vanished individuals. Public users can add their own missing persons cases onto the list, correct errors, provide additional information and, in many ways, do their own investigation, long after the case has gone cold.

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Local Walton County, FL Officials Promote Missing Child App

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to use a new tool to help if your child goes missing.

In 2002, the FBI created an app that allows parents or guardians to store vital information about their children right on their phone.

Parents can add things like physical identifiers, such as height, weight, hair color and a photograph of the child.

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NJ special unit unites missing people with loved ones – New Jersey Herald

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Each year between 12,000 and 14,000 New Jerseyans are reported missing and, while the outcome may not always be favorable, the vast majority of those people are located.

“Between 98 and 99-percent of those people are located, recovered or identified,” Lt. Louis Andrinopoulos, the head of head of the state police’s Missing Persons and Child Exploitation Unit, told ( “That’s because of officers’ training and their commitment to find these people.”

The Missing Persons Unit, which consists of one civilian analyst and eight troopers, was established by legislation in 1984. It is one of the few law enforcement units in the United States which comprehensively addresses the many facets of the missing persons problem.

The missing persons unit “is the clearinghouse” for the state of New Jersey,” Andrinopoulos said.

“We keep track of all the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center) entries,” he said. “We are the primary investigating agency for the Amber alerts, international abductions, also known as Hague treaties, and Safe Haven infants that are abandoned. We work with the medical examiner’s offices to try to identify unidentified deceased people.

“We have an idea of who is missing and can query databases to see if there are possible matches,” he said. “We also get involved when a local, county, state or federal agency needs assistance with cases – from a missing child to an unidentified person.”

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OnStar system helps locate missing person – Eastern Arizona Courier: News

SAFFORD — Technology and police assistance helped a Safford man locate his lost mother on Friday.

Police used the OnStar location capabilities on the lost woman’s vehicle to pinpoint her position. OnStar is a multifaceted system offered in General Motor vehicles that provide a variety of services, including roadside assistance, hands free calling, remote services and vehicle location, block and disable.

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Cleveland missing-persons investigations have seen big improvements since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight vanished a decade ago |

CLEVELAND, Ohio – When Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight vanished a decade ago, the Cleveland Division of Police lacked a unit dedicated to finding missing persons.

It was just one of many shortcomings in the way the city searched for thousands of Clevelanders who disappeared.

Officers filed pen-and-ink reports and shuffled mounds of paperwork instead of harnessing technology to bolster efficiency. Protocols for finding missing adults and children were sometimes nebulous, and some families complained that officers discouraged them from filing reports about disappeared loved ones.

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Iowa introduces missing person Facebook page | KIMT TV 3

MASON CITY, Iowa – When someone goes missing, police and family members want to get the information out as soon as possible.

And the more eyes trying to find those people, the better.

So the Iowa Department of Public Safety is joining Facebook.

They now have a page called the “Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse”.

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Mclean County EMA Looks to Implement New Missing Person Tracking Devices – CIProud

BLOOMINGTON- The Mclean County Emergency Management Agency is implementing a new missing person tracking device and wants public feedback.

The tracking devices will be used for children with autism and elderly with alzheimers or dementia.

The Mclean County EMA has been testing the device for about four months.

The tracking system costs around $200 and the agency is hoping to gain enough interest to help bring the costs down.

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