Thermal cameras used in search for missing man in Berks – 69News WFMZ-TV

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Updated: November 12, 2021 @ 4:22 pm


RICHMOND TWP., Pa. — A search and recovery effort for a missing Berks County man stopped at dusk Friday over safety concerns for search crews, with plans to resume Saturday morning.
According to the police, Ronald Garmen, 61, has been missing since midnight Saturday, last seen by his girlfriend.
“They were in their home,” said Tpr. David Beohm, a public information officer for the Pennsylvania State Police. “She had seen him laying on the couch, sitting on the couch. She went to bed. She got up around 3 o’clock in the morning. Front door open, back door open. He was gone.”
Police are also looking into why it took so long for those close to Garmen to report his disappearance.
“She shut the doors and then went back to bed,” Beohm said. “She told some other family members. She told his mom. She told his mom, some other folks that he was missing. She couldn’t find him.”
Also, a new piece of technology is being used in the recovery effort, and that’s a thermal drone that Western Berks Fire Department has.
“This is a game-changer,” said Commissioner Jared Renshaw, Western Berks Fire Department. “This type of technology, you know, we are one of the first ones within the county and the region to have this type of technology.”
The drone camera has already made numerous trips, aiding in the ongoing search for Garmen, and it will prove to be a vital tool for search and recovery efforts in the future.
“With our coverage area, with Blue Marsh Lake, South Mountain, a lot of agricultural zones and a lot of people that are out hunting in those areas,” Renshaw said, “if somebody does go missing, either during the day or during the night, that thermal camera is gonna pick them up a lot faster.”
A state police camera also used its thermal camera.
Recovery crews are expected to return to search areas Saturday morning.

The older man hasn’t been seen since early Saturday morning, but officials said they weren’t informed of his disappearance until Thursday evening.
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