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Air One Finds Missing Man

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Air One, the sheriff's helicopter, successfully located a missing Alzheimer's patient Saturday morning using its forward looking infrared radar (FLIR) system.

Crewed by volunteer pilot Lt. Col. Olaf Holm of Fairchild Air Force Base and sheriff's deputies Dan Knight and Scott Bonney, the helicopter located Clyde Pentzer within a mile of his North Barker Road home.

Pentzer was suffering from the cold and minor cuts and bruises he sustained during his early-morning trek.  He was transported to a Spokane Valley medical center, but did not appear to have suffered any life-threatening injuries.

Pentzer walked away from his home sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday.

The FLIR system identifies sources of heat, including body heat, and is particularly effective when the ground is colder.

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