On Campus: Pilot of Camp Randall drone remains unknown


By Dan Simmons | Wisconsin State Journal

The flight lasted just minutes and sparked a federal investigation. But a month and a half later, University of Wisconsin police still don’t know who flew a drone over Camp Randall Stadium during a Wisconsin Badgers football game against Illinois.

“We had a number of persons of interest and interviewed quite a few people about the case,” said Marc Lovicott, UW-Madison police spokesman, “but we were never able to identify a suspect.”

The drone flight occurred in an October game. The small unmanned craft hovered over the student section at the north end of the stadium before disappearing outside the top rim of the bleachers. Since Camp Randall is a federal no-fly zone during games, the Federal Aviation Administration partnered with UW police in investigating the flight. More on the story here.

One local drone enthusiast, Bryan Tintes, told the State Journal he was visited and questioned by a UW-Madison police detective shortly after the mystery flight. He absolved himself by showing the detective how his drone is different in small but significant ways from the one seen above Camp Randall.

Lovicott said police have not closed the investigation but are no longer actively pursuing it unless new tips come.
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