DeSoto Deputies Help Investigation Into Military Plane Crash

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - Two Desoto County Sheriff's deputies are in Greenwood, Mississippi, flying drones over the wreckage of Monday's military plane crash.

The sheriff's department received grants to buy the drones and homeland security trained deputies on how to operate them.

“When somebody calls, we're going,” says Desoto County Chief Deputy Macon Moore.

Deputies A. J. Rivera and Jonathan Bigham have been in Lèflore County, Mississippi, since Tuesday, flying drones over the wreckage site.

“They're given a grid or an area and they'll fly that. The drones, if they spot an item, they'll GPS it. They'll photograph it. And video it. And they'll walk the search teams in to recover it,” says Moore.

Drones can search 100 acres in a matter of minutes. Moore can't give details on what exactly deputies have found, but says they've recovered debris and several pieces of personal property.

“If our guys can find a bag or any personal belonging of one of the victims, how much would that mean to a family member?" says Moore.

Moore says the sheriff's department uses drones often in missing person cases and barricade situations. They've never been used for anything as massive as a plane crash.

 

“We're gonna stay there as long as they need us to and do whatever they need us to do, as far as recovery goes. But we're just glad to help." 


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