Welcome to the webpage for Down East Emergency Medicine Institute (DEEMI). Our goal is to improve Medevac techniques and Search and Rescue in the State of Maine and the New England region.

Use the pull-down menus on each page to navigate around. Read more about who we are and what we do, our abilities, our volunteers, operations, search missions and the research & development projects we are doing with the University of Maine.

To the left is a slideshow of various DEEMI activity during recent searches.


CURRENT or RECENT Searches                 (For more detailed story visit our SEARCHES page!)

After receiving new information from another eye witness account, ground search teams and UAVs are back at Waldo Mountain in Frankfort, Maine looking for the downed plane piloted by Lewis "Billy" Hogan Jr, missing since May 2, 1972. UAV teams continue to fly and image the rugged Mt Waldo terrain on an as-available basis..

Searching the Kenduskeag River and confluence with the Penobscot River in Bangor, Maine for 22yo Peter Manuel who went missing about 01:00am on 03-02-18. Since his disappearance, we continue to search the Penobscot River from the Sea Dog downstream with ground teams, aircraft and drone, all the way to Bucksport. Update 04-03-18: DEEMI search aircraft was up today taking imagery from Bangor to Fort Point Lighthouse in Stockton Springs.

DEEMI search aircraft and ground search teams were in the Auburn area almost daily during a three-week period looking for 5-year old Valerio McFarland, who along with his 9-year old brother, fell into the Androscoggin River on April 24, 2018 and were swept away. Valerio's body was discovered by a search kayaker 5-miles downstream on May 14. 

A search for missing Father Clement Thibodeau in 2017 focused on the Pistol Lakes Region south of Springfield, Maine over a three month period. DEEMI searched by aircraft, drone, 4WD team, and personal vehicles. Thibodeau's vehicle was found by a logger and his body nearby.

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Watch the FEATURED VIDEO below by DJI  to learn more about DEEMI, our mission and the people we serve.