MOUNT VERNON - On
Monday night officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office used
equipment from Project Lifesaver to locate a missing woman. The
sixty-four year old woman suffers from early Alzheimer’s disease and
was discovered missing by her son. It was determined that she had left
her residence around two to three hours prior.
woman is a Project Lifesaver client. She wears a small personal
transmitter that emits an individualized signal. When she was reported
missing, trained officers responded using equipment that allowed them
to track the transmitter signal. By using information from family
members, and the Project Lifesaver equipment, officers were able to
locate her in less than twelve minutes from the time they activated the
receiver. She was discovered over four miles from her residence.
The purpose of Project Lifesaver is to help locate adults and children who wander due toAlzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions. The program was activated locally in 2012. Persons
wishing to obtain more information on Project Lifesaver are urged to
contact The Station Break at 740-397-2417, or the Knox County Board of
Developmental Disabilities at 740-397-4656.
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