NEW CANAAN — Police used tracking equipment to help locate an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease who wandered off near the center of town.

On Dec. 7 around 5:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a missing 83-year-old man with Alzheimer’s, last seen who in the area of Main Street and Locust Avenue. According to the report, the man had been missing for about 15 minutes. Capt. Andrew Walsh, Lt. Carol Ogrinc and Officer Kelly Coughlin searched the center of town for the New Canaan man.

The man was a client of Project Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization that uses tracking technology to help with search and rescue missions involving people with cognitive disorders. The missing man was wearing a transmitter and officers trained in using Project Lifesaver tracking equipment responded. Tracking equipment was used and set to the frequency of the missing man’s transmitter.

With the help of the tracking equipment, officers were able to locate the man around 5:40 p.m. The man was unharmed and reunited with his wife.

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