Michigan State Police Troopers from the Lapeer Post and Aviation Unit worked alongside Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies Monday, Memorial Day, to locate a missing autistic child. The 2-year-old boy had wandered away from his residence, caregivers called 911. He was located at about 10:50 p.m., roughly two hours after he was reported missing.
Trooper 2, the MSP helicopter, was able to locate a heat signature in a wooded area about half mile from the residence after searching about five minutes. Trooper 2 then directed deputies, troopers, and a canine team to that area. The child was located unharmed. In all, he was missing for about two hours.
Trooper 2 is equipped with state-of-the-art gear including Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) Systems, which was used in this incident to locate the child by thermal imaging.