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He Headed Out With a Drone. Then, a Man 'Just Lying There'

Jason Blake Mabee had been missing for 5 days in Maryland woods
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2019 10:10 AM CDT
Jason Blake Mabee.   (Howard County Police)

(Newser) – A Maryland man who was missing for five days was found severely injured in the woods Saturday with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone, the AP reports. Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when he spotted him in a densely wooded area near Columbia. Bustos is quoted as saying he was shocked when he found Mabee "just lying there," conscious but badly hurt. Howard County Police stated in a release they think Mabee suffered an accidental fall; no evidence of foul play has been found, per WBAL. He was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since been listed in fair condition. Mabee's family filed a missing-person report July 23, saying he was last seen around 3am and they were concerned due to recent health issues. (Read more missing person stories.)

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