BANGOR- A month of searching by foot now joined by drones and airplanes– but still no sign of June Bug.
“We’re crossing every “t” and dotting every “i” because at this point, we’re baffled,” said Robert Kearns, who is helping to organize the search.
Paul Francis III, better known as June Bug, was last seen on Sanford Street in Bangor after leaving a party on Dec. 2.
No one has heard from him since, and while some claim they may have seen him, no leads have played out.
“We want to concentrate everywhere. Recheck everywhere. And also broaden our search to these other ‘sightings’ and different places” said Kearns.
Aside from the groups that have been out searching high and low, DEEMI Search and Rescue has also been aiding the search, offering all their resources, including drones.
“Well the drone can be flown manually or autonomously through a program. And we do it both ways. Often for this search for Mr. Francis we’ve been using a software which creates a grid and the UAB flies autonomously in a grid pattern,” said Vinal Applebee, the chief drone pilot with DEEMI.
The camera on the bottom of the drone is capable of capturing 360 degree views, and is controlled by the drone operator on a tablet. This allows search groups to review a wide area without physically moving at all.
“Well it has the capability to be able to go further and faster than ground searches can. So often we can get to a scene or a place of interest faster than ground parties,” said Applebee.
The drones have been focused on the Penobscot River.
They take the photos and upload them to a server where they are reviewed by analysts.
The search parties say they plan to continue to look for answers.