Infrared system being used in search for missing Mannford teen

Wednesday, March 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Kenton-AP) -- Hopes are fading that a disabled boy missing in the Oklahoma Panhandle since last Tuesday will be found alive.

Cimarron County Sheriff David Dunn says 17-year-old Dustin McKee was not dressed for the cold, rainy and windy weather. Dunn says the odds are not good for McKee to have survived more than two or three days.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol infrared imaging system is being used in the search for the boy. Dunn says the FLIR System picks up body heat and will be flown over the area around Black Mesa State Park.

McKee and his mother were sightseeing in the Kenton area last Tuesday when their car became stuck. The boy apparently decided to walk for help while his mother was trying to dig the car out of the sand.

Dunn says the mother spent one night in her car and another night in a small cave before finding the home of a local resident on Thursday.