CAP’s cell phone forensics leads searchers to 6 found alive in Nevada

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Two adults and four children missing nearly two days in bitter winter conditions in rural northwestern Nevada’s mountainous Seven Troughs Range were found alive and well Tuesday afternoon by Civil Air Patrol in coordination with the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office, Fallon Naval Air Station, Washoe County Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit, Nevada National Guard Lakota helicopters and the state Division of Emergency Management.

Nevada Wing Commander Col. Tim Hahn said Maj. Justin Ogden and Col. Brian Ready, CAP’s cell phone forensics experts, played a critical role in helping rescuers narrow the search area, according to CAP officials.

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CAP teams narrow search for Idaho crash site

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When a single engine plane goes down in the continental U.S., Civil Air Patrol’s cell phone and radar tracking experts are certain to be involved. Their mission — reduce the search area from thousands of square miles to the actual crash site or within a couple of square miles –—is urgent, because reducing the crash-to-rescue time saves lives.

Searchers for a single-engine airplane believed downed in snowy, mountainous central Idaho are relying on CAP’s cutting-edge radar analysis as they try to find the California family of five aboard the missing Beech Bonanza.

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