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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Breaking News: Search For Missing Man in West Lorne, Ontario

Ontario Provincial Police helicopter C-FOPP after landing at the West Lorne soccer field behind my home today.

While I generally cover the world of historic aviation here, I was moved by the search effort being mounted in my home town of West Lorne, Ontario for a gentleman who has been missing from his apartment since this past Friday. 

This afternoon, at approximately 4:30 pm, an Aerospatiale AS-355 TwinStar helicopter swooped over West Lorne from the East, circled and then landed in the soccer fields behind my home. The aircraft is equipped with a gimbal-mounted infrared camera. Almost immediately, the helicopter and crew joined the search for the missing man.

We hope that the search effort, which includes OPP Constables and assets from West Elgin, Lambton, Essex and other OPP detachments, is successful in locating and bringing the missing man home safe and sound.

Post Script: Unfortunately, the missing man was located in West Lorne and found to have already died. I am glad, however, that our police have such sophisticated equipment to help locate missing people.

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