Texas State lands $280K federal grant to study the use of drones to locate human remains

June 14, 2020

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Center has been awarded a $280,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to use drones to locate human remains.

Texas State says the grant addresses the difficulty of finding bodies in potentially large search areas.

“How do you search a large ranch?” said FACTS director Daniel Wescott. “Well, if we can narrow it down to a few key spots to search with a drone, that greatly reduces the manpower and the cost associated with these long searches. We are planning on developing best practices at least for Central Texas. The data we have can be applied to other environments, but those best practices may differ a little bit.”

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