LAFAYETTE, Ind. — White County owned the drone used in the search for missing teacher Krista Perdue.
In June, Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard told the Journal & Courier that “an anonymous citizen” was the owner. Pressed by another news outlet, he said an “area citizen” owned it.
A Journal & Courier investigation determined that neither statement was true. The drone is owned by the White County Prosecutor’s Office.
White County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Tony Lantz explained that the prosecutor’s office secured grants to purchase the drone, and it is accessible to the sheriff’s office or the local police department.
White County Prosecutor Bob Guy said he asked Richard to tell people that it was a concerned citizen who volunteered the drone because he hadn’t yet informed White County residents that the drone had been purchased for law-enforcement purposes.