Drone helps first responders find runaway boy

EFFINGHAM — Teamwork between first responder departments in Effingham County and the use of technology helped find a runaway juvenile on Sunday.

Police Chief Jeff Fuesting said city and county police officers searched for the youth after first checking several locations where the 12-year-old boy typically was known to be. He was spotted entering a cornfield.

According to a press release, the juvenile, who was considered a habitual runaway, was seen running into the cornfield at 3:44 p.m., about an hour after getting the call about the missing boy. He was collected by Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies at about 5:30 p.m.

Fire Chief Joe Holomy said the juvenile entered the cornfield on Rickelman Avenue, east of Fourth Street. Holomy piloted a drone above the field and the youth was spotted and contacted. The juvenile was taken by Abbott EMS to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for observation.

“Given the time of day and the

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