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Drone leads police to missing man in Sun Prairie
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Drone leads police to missing man in Sun Prairie


Police in Sun Prairie used a drone to locate a missing man suffering from a medical condition.

Around 2:40 a.m. Thursday a Sun Prairie officer noticed a vehicle in a field near a new housing development near O’Keeffe Avenue. The unoccupied vehicle was running, and a door was open.

Police contacted the driver’s family who said they hadn’t heard from the 57-year-old man for about 12 hours.

After a signal from the man’s phone was plotted near the area, Sun Prairie requested help from the Madison Police Department, which responded with a thermal imaging drone.

The aircraft was able to detect a thermal signal within about 4 minutes, and officers found the man alive but incoherent in a culvert around 3:48 a.m.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition Friday.

Police believe he suffered a medical event, drove off the road and wandered from his vehicle. There is no indication of foul play.


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