Photos: Have you seen Loyal Merrick's missing drone?

Big photos, video below.
Last year, we posted about an unusual missing flier, from the owner of a Volkswagen whose mohawk was stolen. (The VW's in my neighborhood, and I'm sorry to report that the mohawk's never rematerialized). Now, however, there's a new one that may be even weirder.

The flier offers a reward for a missing...drone?

Talk about a sign of the times. Get details and see photos and videos below.

Drone owner Loyal Merrick's gadget is definitely his pride and joy, as indicated by recent Facebook posts. Here's a recently shared photo:
The text accompanying the shot reads: "Meet Horizon-1. Storm Drone 6, Naza M V2, Tarot 2d gimbal to control the Go Pro Camera, deluxe First person view (FVP) system that feeds from the Go Pro, and it even feeds to my Iphone, live and controls the Go Pro real time as well. Did my first fully loaded flights this evening. Spectacular views, easy to control. Amazing video/photo platform. I'm very lucky to have a wife that supports my dreams!"

Those dreams include using the drone (reportedly worth $2,000) and the aforementioned GoPro camera (price tag: $400) to start an aerial photography business.

Merrick also posted the following video starring the drone:

But then, something went terribly wrong. As he told 7News, Merrick was flying the drone near Rosedale Elementary, a currently closed school at 2330 Sherman Street, when it began floating away.

Merrick responded by hitting a fail-safe switch on his controller, but the craft didn't respond. Before long, it was out of sight.
Another drone-related photo of Loyal Merrick from his Facebook page.
A search for the drone proved fruitless. So Merrick followed in the footsteps of folks whose pets take a powder and started plastering fliers all over his neighborhood.

Here's a look at the message, as seen in 7News coverage:

If you find the drone, please call Merrick at the number above. It's the Loyal thing to do.

Look below to see the 7News report.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Photos archive circa April 2013: "Photo: My Volkswagen's mohawk is missing!"

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I got it back. Ha ha haters. It's legal. Deal with it.

People have been flying R/C for years using internal combustion engines and liquid fuel for decades, with no little to no red tape. No one cares or is hurt except in extremely rare circumstances. The liability here is minimal. Nothing a little insurance can't deal with.

Bryan Clark
Bryan Clark

that drone aint "lost" it does not want to be has flown away to live happily ever after in a "free drone" commune, wake up folks

Theodore Spencer Wise
Theodore Spencer Wise

Man, he is gonna be pissed when he gets that drone back only to discover that commercial activity, including photography, using drones is illegal.

Brent Thiesen
Brent Thiesen

Love how he posted a video of the thing not thrilling.

Popo Greene
Popo Greene

Maybe Loyal should call the Mayor of Deer Trail Maybe they know something

Julie Anne
Julie Anne

Snowden Terrill apparently this is normal? Weird.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Those dreams include using the drone (reportedly worth $2,000) and the aforementioned GoPro camera (price tag: $400) to start an aerial photography business.

FAIL! ... the FAA regulations prohibit using unmanned drones for commercial purposes.

Regulation Works !!


No one is giving it back. 

Many home kits have GPS now, or you can add it to an existing one. They even have a "fly home button" that allows the craft to fly to a designated coordinate if you loose sight of it.


1- Get your facts straight: this is legal.

2- UberX is illegal but I bet that that's a good kind of illegal ha?

3- I just got into this. I never claimed to be a professional. I am starting out. Only when I have gained the competence and confidence to fly commercially will I start to solicit business.


Got it back anyway.

As a cab driver I have learned to trust in the goodness of total strangers. Looks like my bet on humanity paid off. Perhaps I know the odds.

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