Feds Order EquuSearch to Stop Using Drones in Search of Crime Victims

The group relies mostly on horseback and all terrain vehicles to search rough terrain, but it also employs small, four-pound aerial drones to survey the ground with digital cameras.

Texas EquuSearch volunteers are gearing up for their next search, this time for 31-year-old James Stephens who went missing more than a week ago in rural Louisiana, but if they use any drones to aid them, they could run afoul of the federal government.

The group relies mostly on horseback and all terrain vehicles to search rough terrain, but it also employs small, four-pound aerial drones to survey the ground with digital cameras.

If they launch any of them this week in their search for the man missing in Vernon Parish, however, they will be in direct violation of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) order not to fly the unmanned aircraft.

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