New drone technology could help search for missing woman

The search for a Boise woman, missing for more than three weeks is turning to technology.

Since September 24th, Crews have been walking over miles of lava fields at Craters of the Moon National Monument, trying to locate Dr. Jo Blakeslee.

Now, they’re hoping to use a new tactic, and they may need the public’s help.

Blakeslee went hiking with friend Amelia Linkert in September. Linkert’s body was found in the park shortly after they went missing. Authorities say she died from exposure.

But crews still can’t find Blakeslee, and are hoping to get help from a drone-like device.

Craters of the Moon Superintendent Dan Buckley told KTVB he hasn’t heard of a similar search using this technology, meaning this would be the first technological search of its kind.

“As far as locating persons, I don’t know that a UAS has been used for this purpose yet,” said Buckley.

Buckley said they are hoping to use a UAS, an unmanned aerial system. Right now, he is checking with agencies like the Department of Interior and the National Guard to get the device.

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