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Marion County Remembers Detective Matthew Blansett

Staff photo by Travis Hickman. Other photo provided by MCSD

August 23, 2022, was a devastating day in Marion County. It was the day that a THP helicopter crashed near I-24, killing Marion County Detective Matthew Blansett and State Trooper Lee Russell while on duty.

The two had been in the air that morning searching for marijuana plants, but then they were asked to be on the lookout for a missing person.

Around 3:00 p.m., their helicopter hit a power line in the Whiteside community.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department hosted a memorial service Tuesday afternoon at the Justice Center to remember Blansett.