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Search party volunteer from Severn with drone finds missing Howard County man

A Howard County man who was missing for five days last week was found severely injured in the woods on Saturday with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone.

Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when he spotted him in a densely wooded area near Columbia. Bustos is quoted as saying he was shocked when he found Mabee “just lying there.”

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Howard County police stated in a release they think Mabee suffered an accidental fall. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries but has since been listed in fair condition.

Mabee’s family filed a missing person report July 23, saying he was last seen around 3 a.m. and they were concerned due to recent health issues.

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