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Citrus Heights police say personal tracking device helped find missing man

Citrus Heights police say a small personal transmitter helped officers find a missing man with dementia Monday.

When the 61-year-old man was reported missing just after 2 p.m., a Citrus Heights officer used the department’s Project Lifesaver tracking equipment to find the man and safely return him to his home.

People enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal, according to a Police Department news release. If an individual in the program goes missing, the caregiver notifies the local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds. Most people who wander are found within a few miles from home, and police say search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.

Officials say Project Lifesaver, a key aspect of the department’s community oriented policing model, helps families and caregivers find loved ones who have wandered away due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, Down syndrome and other cognitive conditions.

For more information regarding the program, see the Citrus Heights Police Department website or the Project Lifesaver International website.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.