A Washington state drone pilot is putting a new twisting on missing person huntings by asking volunteers to examine images that may offer digital evidence of a hiker who vanished four weeks ago today.
Steve Monchak, owner of PNW Dronetography in Darrington, Washington, is utilizing a Phantom 4 Pro to survey the mountainous terrain of the North Cascades in an attempt to locate Samantha “Sam” Sayers.
The challenge, until very recently, was meeting enough workforce to scour thousands of images that could comprise evidences to the whereabouts of the 28 -year-old woman, who was last seen on Vesper Peak in Snohomish County on Aug. 1. The solution: Crowdsourcing an army of volunteers online to examine each pixel in Monchak’s drone images.
“The online facet of this is huge, ” Monchak, 39, told HuffPost. “I couldn’t do it alone. After you look through a couple hundred images, your eyes get pretty tired, so these people are a great assistance. They are acquiring things and apprise us of unusual objects. It only proves “were all going” be taken together on the same project from anywhere.”
The drone allows Monchak to target areas that haven’t been covered by field searchers or would be exceptionally dangerous to explore on foot.