In search for missing Woodbury man, local company offered its drone

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WOODBURY — Derrick Green got the frantic call Wednesday morning.

A vulnerable man had disappeared from his Woodbury home, leaving his phone and wallet behind. He had been missing for 18 hours.

Green launched his drone — and also helped launch the future of search-and-rescue work.

“This was our debut,” said Green, who is a co-owner of Green Remote Aviation of White Bear Lake Township. “This was our first public safety mission.”

The missing man was eventually found — not by the drone, but by the Minnesota State Patrol. But the drone performed an impressive two-hour search, eliminating areas where the man might be.

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