Bossier Sheriff's drone finds teens who fled military-style program

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BENTON, La. (AP) - It was night, and three runaways were hiding in woods. A sheriff's deputy put up a drone with a thermal imaging camera, and found them within a minute.

Two were quickly detained. The camera showed that the third ran through the woods and crossed Interstate 20 in the dark.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's office said Monday that the drone was deployed last Wednesday night, looking for teenagers who escaped from Youth Challenge, a military-style training program at Camp Minden.

Sheriff Julian Whittington said the drone accomplished the goal of finding the runaways safely. He said the technology could be used to locate lost children or elderly people who have wandered off, or even to help capture criminal suspects.