Father of missing woman hopes drones can help future searches

By The Canadian Press
November 14, 2017 - 8:01am

VERNON —   A father whose daughter disappeared in B-C's north Okanagan is determined to get more unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones, into the hands of volunteers searching for missing people.

     John Simpson's 32-year-old daughter, Ashley Simpson, went missing last year and he has travelled to B-C from his home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, several times to help look for her.

     Simpson bought four inexpensive drones earlier this year using proceeds from a fundraiser he organized in his daughter's name and sent two of them to a B-C search crew.

     Simpson doesn't think drones will help locate his daughter at this point, but he hopes to create a Canada-wide network of volunteer drone search teams who can assist in the crucial first days after someone goes missing.

(The Canadian Press)

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