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Police Use Drone to Catch Fugitive Hiding in Cave for 17 Years

Who needs superheroes to bring the bad guys to justice when we have technology? Sure, it might take longer, but technology also gets the job done.
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Case in point, a Chinese fugitive who was able to elude the police for almost 2 decades and who got caught by a drone. It happened in the mountains of Yongshan county, Yunnan, where Song Jiang, 63, had been hiding for 17 years after breaking out of a labor camp.

Jian was sentenced to hard labor for serious crimes involving abducting and trafficking women and children, CNN reports. In 2002, he was able to escape and hide in the mountains near his home town in Yongshan county.

Police were tipped about his possible whereabouts earlier this year but they could not send out search parties because of the dangerous, inaccessible terrains. What they could do, though, was fly drones in the area and hope they might catch sight of the fugitive.

Eventually, a drone found his camp site and police send 3 units to apprehend him. CNN says that the man could hardly speak to them to tell them details of his amazing escape and survival in the wilderness because he hadn’t spoken to anyone all this time. Seventeen years sure is a long time to keep quiet.

The report doesn’t offer more details on the kind of sentence Jian is now facing or his initial crimes that got him in trouble with the law. You might argue that spending 2 decades on the run, in a small cave, all on your own is punishment enough, but that’s not how these things work.

Speaking of drones, UPS announced the other day that they will be delivering more packages in the U.S. to healthcare institutions, having obtained FAA permission to start their own drone airline. UPS is the first company to be granted this permission and plans to use it to expand their current program to other industries than healthcare in the future.

 
 
 
 
 

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