Police drone finds girl, who called 999 to report rape within minutes

During the early morning hours on Saturday, a 16-year-old girl called the 999 Emergency Services to report that she had been raped and was somewhere in the Boston Lincolnshire (UK) area with her attacker. Even though the girl was not able to report her exact location she was quickly found after she had described a leveled factory site and the local authorities deployed a police drone with a thermal imaging camera.

Police drone guides officers to girl

The police drone was outfitted with a thermal imaging camera and was able to pick up two heat signatures in the described area. The Guardian reports that with the guidance from the drone, police officers were able to get to her location within minutes.

The newspaper reported that:

“A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in custody, officers said. They added that the girl was being supported by specially trained officers.”

This incident follows the discovery of a man suffering from dementia earlier last week when Lincolnshire law enforcement used a police drone as well. Using the unmanned device with a thermal imaging camera, officers were able to locate the man in the dark.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at haye@dronedj.com or @hayekesteloo