Massachusetts State Police Helicopter Uses Infrared Radar to Help Find Missing Woman

A Massachusetts State Police helicopter using infrared radar on Tuesday was able to locate a missing woman in a heavily wooded area and then relay her position to officers on the ground.

The Republican, Springfield, Mass.
A Massachusetts State Police helicopter using infrared radar on Tuesday was able to locate a missing woman in a heavily wooded area and then relay her position to officers on the ground.
A Massachusetts State Police helicopter using infrared radar on Tuesday was able to locate a missing woman in a heavily wooded area and then relay her position to officers on the ground.
Massachusetts State Police

HATFIELD, Massachusetts -- A state police helicopter using infrared radar on Tuesday was able to locate a missing woman in a heavily wooded area and then relay her position to officers on the ground, according to police.

The woman, whose name was not disclosed to the press, was found unharmed and brought safely out of the woods, according to police.

She was in the woods for at least an hour, police said.

Hatfield police approached state police about aiding in the search for the missing woman because her family had concerns for her safety.

The Air Wing helicopter flew over the wooded area and used its FLIR thermal camera to find her lying in the woods. FLIR stands for Forward Looking Infrared Radar, and it detects slight differences in temperatures and converts it into an image.

It is sensitive enough where it was able to detect the woman’s body heat amid all the trees.

Once the FLIR detected where she was, the pilot of the helicopter was able to direct police on the ground into the woods and to her exact position. Video shows her lying on the ground amid some trees, roughly 100 feet from the nearest road.

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