Two adults from Condon Oregon, missing since Friday on a trip to Idaho, were found alive and well early Saturday morning by the Kootenai County Idaho Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrols Cellular Phone Forensic Team.
"The cell phone forensics team pinpointed where they could possibly be and their efforts provided a key clue that redirected the search and led to the rescue." said Lt. Col. Thomas Traver of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol
Ground search and rescue crews located the couple inside their car that had gotten stuck in the ice. They were both in good condition since they had properly prepared for the trip with warm clothing , food, water and blankets.
The CAP' s role in the search began with the AFRCC's assistance being requested by the Kootenai County Sheriffs Office.
The CAP's NHQC team began providing cellular forensics support which provided initial analysis of data and with processing updated information as it became available. NHQC was able to initially provide a relatively large search area followed by a very small search area - which then allowed local search and rescue searchers to focus their efforts and locate the missing couple.
"To be part of bringing them home safe is an honor to be relished." mentioned Major
Justin Ogden, CAP Cellular Forensics Technical Specialist at the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.