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Search party volunteer with drone finds missing Maryland man

Posted at 6:05 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 09:05:04-04

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who was missing for five days has been found severely injured in the woods with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone.

Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when he spotted him in a densely wooded area near Columbia. Bustos is quoted as saying he was shocked when he found Mabee “just lying there.”

Howard County Police stated in a release they think Mabee suffered an accidental fall. He was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since been listed in fair condition.

Mabee’s family filed a missing person report July 23, saying he was last seen around 3 a.m. and they were concerned due to recent health issues.