The Rusty Shackleford account on YouTube was setup by a very brave drone owner. This video enthusiast has been flying his drone over Jeffrey Epstein’s private Island of Little St James in the US Virgin Islands. The drones 4K footage has documented the land from a bird’s eye perspective and allowed everyone to see the infamous islands in great detail.

Rusty Shackleford’s drone footage repeatedly showed straight and circular patterns in the gravel on Little St James, track marks similar to those left by ground penetrating radar or GPR for short. Ground penetrating radar has been used in many famous murder cases to locate corpses or underground rooms and tunnels, but there are complications with using GPR successfully on Epstein’s private island. The most significant performance limitation of GPR is when it is used on high-conductivity materials such as clay soils and soils that are contaminated with salt. As a small island, Little St James would be full of salt rich soils which would seriously limit conductivity and may only allow the user to penetrate 10-20 centimetres of earth.


It is likely that the FBI had already done preliminary search of the islands, to help them prioritise the search areas and tools required for uncovering hidden structures. GPR would be a necessary tool for the federal agents in mapping out the coming search. There is one part of the island that appears to have evidence of a very specific technique of GPR mapping. On the very first 11 second video released by Rusty Shackleford we can see a gravel mound with circular track marks on the top. I had only ever seen GPR used in straight lines so I contacted Dan Bigman, an expert in GPR and founder of, and I asked about the use of circular search patterns. The fantastically helpful Mr Bigman’s videos on his LearnGPR YouTube channel are a must watch for any investigative journalist wishing to learn the fine art of Ground Penetrating Radar.