happyworld - Man Locates Missing 6-Year-Old In Less Than One Day Using A Genius Method

We’re all waiting for the inevitable day artificial intelligence takes over the world. It’s only a matter of time before the robots become the alpha “species” and get their revenge on us naive humans, making us their dutiful servants. But until that fateful day, there are plenty of people who have already found ways to use robotic tech for good.
When Minnesota resident Steve Fines volunteered to help find a missing 6-year-old boy, he conjured up a plan that was possibly the answer to the search party’s frantic desperation. With Steve’s knowledge of modern photography tools, he made the hunt for the little one a dedicated, tech-infused mission.
As you send your 6-year-old off to school, watching the youngin’ hop on the yellow school bus, the sight undoubtedly comes with a load of nerves. But as a parent, these little milestones are important to savor, no matter how scary… right?
You hope your child has a day filled with learning, laughs, fun, and, most importantly, safety. When the Haus family patiently awaited their young son Ethan’s return home from school, it never happened. Understandably, panic ensued.
Little did his family know, Ethan ran off with his dog Remmie after the school bus dropped him off near their house in Becker. He just wanted to play with his best bud, having no idea what trouble that would cause.
Since Ethan wandered off without notifying an adult, his parents imagined every horrible thing that could’ve possibly gone wrong when he didn’t show his precious face at home that late afternoon. Was he abducted? Hit by a car?
The Call
The Haus family called the police, which led the sheriff’s office to spread the word regarding Ethan’s disappearance. The community wouldn’t let the Hauses down; they were going to find their son.
Amazingly, more than 600 people from the Becker area gathered to search for little Ethan. With a group of volunteers this large, they’d surely find the boy and his pup in no time. It wasn’t going to be easy, however.
CBS News
While the search party did everything they could, searching far and wide, high and low, local photographer Steve Fines had a more strategic and high-tech method for locating the little one.
In his collection of equipment, the professional photographer had a fancy-schmancy drone with a thermal camera that he figured would help tackle the search from an aerial perspective. He just needed to know which direction to point the drone in.
TwinCities
About eight hours after Ethan went missing, volunteers finally spotted some tiny footprints, which were suspected to belong to the 6-year-old. With that, Steve knew which direction to focus his drone on, determined to find the boy and mutt duo.
After 10 long hours of fiercely searching for the boy, Fines eventually spotted something with his drone that appeared to be the outlines of Ethan and Remmie. “I had seen the shape… that I thought was the child and dog,” Fines explained to KARE 11. 
Steve Fines
“It didn’t look like a deer. It didn’t look like anything else. Then the deputy sent out the ground crew to see what it was,” Fines said. At the time, Fines was pretty confident that the frenzied search was about to end.
Eureka! They found him. Ethan was found in a corn field a little over a mile away from his house at 1:50 AM. It’s a bit too reminiscent of 1984’s Children of the Corn if you ask us!
Children of the Corn
The temperature was already dropping down to the 30s by the time the group found Ethan and his dog. Though he was a bit cold, lying on the chilled ground of the corn field and all, paramedics said he was fine.
“Six years old, lost out in the fields. It’s 30 degrees. You can’t not do something,” Fines said to KARE 11. Though Fines received a ton of praise for his quick investigating skills, he didn’t want to take all of the credit.
St. Cloud Times
“While I was running the camera that found him and some of the news stories have focused on that, I only knew in which direction to look because volunteers on the ground had found a footprint,” Fines wrote on Facebook.
Steve Fines
“I knew which areas had already been searched because of the excellent coordination. I had other volunteers running radios to coordinate ground search parties – people moving across really rough ground to find him,” he continued.
Today Show
While we’re sure no one was happier and more relieved than the Haus family, Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott was elated by the turnout of volunteers that aided in the rescue of little Ethan Haus.
St. Cloud Times
“This truly was the epitome of the community caring for its own. To see the outpouring of support in such a short time to come help find this boy and his dog is heartwarming,” said Sheriff Joel Brott.
Fox 9
As for Ethan? “(It was) a little bit (scary),” he said. Thankfully, this story had a blissful ending. The Haus family got their son and dog back happy and healthy. We’re sure they haven’t yet released little Ethan from a giant hug.
KJRH (Tulsa)
Ethan was thankful for his rescue, though he knew it could’ve been much worse for him. He’d heard stories about children who were lost in the woods, and there, drones couldn’t spot them. What would he have done then?


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