April 22, 2022 |

When 30-year-old Jose Valdez of Craig, Colorado, crashed his car at the intersection of Wyoming 70 and 230 in the early hours of August 26th, 2021, nearly five dozen law enforcement officers spent 14 hours searching the Encampment-Riverside area for any sign of the man, who was connected to a drive-by shooting in Denver.

Encampment Police Chief Kevin Shue believes the ability to search for the suspect from the sky would have cut the search time in half. As a result, the Town of Encampment and the Carbon County Office of Emergency Management are jointly going after a grant that, if awarded, would fund the purchase of two specialized drones that could be used for air support anywhere in the county. Cali O’Hare reports.

Pictured above: Photo taken with DJ Mavic Pro Drone. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.


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