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Thermal-Imaging Equipped Drone Helps Find Missing Stony Point Man

Thermal-Imaging Equipped Drone Helps Find Missing Stony Point Man

Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers have found an elderly man from Stony Point who had been reported missing.

Just after 7:15 last night (January 27), Deputies responded to a to a missing person call at a residence off of Beam Lane in Stony Point. Family members told Officers that a 78-year-old male left the residence alone on a side-by-side A.T.V. at approximately 4:30 p.m. and had not returned home. Due to temperatures in the 30s and rainy conditions at the time, as well as the missing person’s age and medical problems, a search effort was organized.

Local first responders began searching the nearly 100 acre property. Alexander County E.M.S., the Alexander County Rescue Squad, the Stony Point Fire Department, Alexander Co. Emergency Management, and the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office all participated in the search. A K-9 from the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office was also on standby.

The search effort began by utilizing a drone recently purchased by the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office. The drone was equipped with thermal-imaging capabilities. Just before 10 p.m., the drone’s thermal imaging indicated a heat source down an embankment in a wooded area on the property.

The Alexander Co. Rescue Squad A.T.V. Team was dispatched to the area, where they rescued the man and began providing first aid. The victim was taken to a waiting ambulance, which transported him to Iredell Memorial Hospital. No update on his condition is available at this time.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman expressed his appreciation to all involved in the search and rescue.