Underwater Drone Brings Closure in Idaho Teen’s Tragic Disappearance

Tragic End to a Month-Long Search

The prolonged search for Jayden Jensen, a 16-year-old from Pocatello, , who tragically fell into the Snake River last month, came to a close on New Year's Day. Local volunteers' use of an underwater drone was crucial in locating Jayden's body and bringing comfort to his grieving family.

A Community's Persistent Effort

Jayden's disappearance triggered a massive search operation in the challenging terrain near McTucker Ponds and the American Falls Reservoir.

Despite the efforts of emergency crews, the official search was postponed due to freezing conditions. Unwavering, friends, relatives, and community members continued their search, ultimately leading to the discovery of Jayden's body nearly a month after he went missing.

The Role of Advanced Technology

Wyatt Woods, a neighbor who was assisting in the search, operated the QYSea Fifish V-Evo that made the discovery possible.

This high-tech drone, equipped with a 4K camera, ultra-wide lens, and powerful LED lights, proved pivotal in navigating the river's murky waters.

Underwater Drone Brings Closure In Idaho Teen's Tragic Disappearance

Accidental Discovery by Drone

Woods, who initially assisted with an aerial drone, switched to the underwater drone due to the limitations faced by divers in the cold water.

The discovery of Jayden's body was somewhat accidental, as visibility in the river was extremely low. When Woods discovered Jayden, he was looking near a diving site of interest.

A Community United in Grief and Gratitude

The recovery brought a somber yet necessary closure to Jayden's family and the community. The Bingham County Sheriff's Office expressed its gratitude to everyone involved in the search.

While instrumental in the discovery, Woods emphasized that a collective effort led to this outcome.

Remembering Jayden Jensen

The Jensen family is set to celebrate Jayden's life, remembering him as a cherished member of their community. In support of the family during this difficult time, two online fundraisers have reportedly been set up.

This incident not only highlights the invaluable role of technology in operations but also reflects the strength and unity of a community in times of tragedy.

The use of the underwater drone in this search operation opens doors to new possibilities in emergency response, showcasing how innovation can aid in the most challenging circumstances.

Photo courtesy of Bingham County Sheriff's Office.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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