Man with Alzheimer’s found using special tracking transmitter
Published 8:55 am, Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Police found a 79-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease and quickly returned him to his residence on Thurton Drive with the aid of special tracking equipment.
At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, police were called about the missing man and that the man was wearing a special transmitter available from Project Lifesaver, according to police. Officers trained is using the Project Lifesaver equipment responded to the call.
A search starting from the man’s house was led by Officer Dan Gulino and assisted by Sergeant Joe Farenga and officers Chris Dewey and Clinton Jarvis.
Gulino set his equipment device to the proper frequency and discovered the signal was strongest heading east on Thurton Drive, according to police.
While searching the area on foot, they found the man at about 6:51 p.m. behind bushes in a yard about three miles from his residence, according to police. The man would have been missing longer and possibly not found if not for the tracking equipment, according to the police.
The man, who was uninjured, was reunited with his wife.
Project Lifesaver International can provide important protection for people with cognitive conditions at risk for wandering. It is a non-profit organization specializing in search-and-rescue programs including conducting trainings of public safety officers to use the equipment to locate lost people.