Deputy Chief Lozier said that on the Internet search engine site Google there is a street view where people can look at photographs of neighborhoods in many locations.
Using the street view, he was able to look back and forth from the intersection.
Looking across a field, he said he saw a long building with a red roof that looked like a motel. He then did a search on Google for motels in Natural Bridge and found the Budget Inn-Natural Bridge, which, on a map, appeared to be close to the intersection he was looking at.
Not satisfied with that, he then looked at Google's satellite view of the motel and saw it was close to the intersection.
"I told Todd if I was going to throw the dice, I'd throw them there," he said.
Officer Neale then called state police in Virginia and told them the missing people were likely in the motel.
The police found them and placed Ms. Maltais in custody.
"History of the Internet" is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet. The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org , which are available for download soon. On blog.picol.org you can get news about this project.
You can see the credits for this movie on lonja.de/motion/mo_history_internet.html