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Missing Person Located 1.6 Miles Away From His Home

Press Release 02/12/2014

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 Missing Person Located 1.6 Miles Away From His Home by
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Using SafetyNet Tracking Service

Sheriff’s Office Third Rescue in Less Than Four Weeks Using Service

For the third time in less than four weeks, the SafetyNet Tracking service helped deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office locate a missing person with a cognitive condition. In the most recent case, an 80-year-old man -- who lives in an assisted living facility in Riverview, Florida and suffers from Alzheimer’s -- went missing on the afternoon of Saturday, February 8 after leaving his assisted living facility via a broken window. He was found – after having walked 1.6 miles away from his home – only 18 minutes after a deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office began picking up a signal emitting from the missing person’s SafetyNet bracelet.

 Below are summaries of the other two recent rescues:

  •  On Sunday, February 2, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office rescued an 84-year-old man, who has Alzheimer’s, after he was reported missing from his Lutz, Florida home. After arriving at the missing person’s home, deputies began following the signal emitting from the subject’s SafetyNet bracelet. He was located 12 minutes later, 0.3 miles away from his home in a heavily wooded area, which is surrounded by water.  He had superficial cuts on his head and leg and was treated by EMS at the scene.

 

  • On January 14, a 40-year-old man with dementia wandered away from his home on Lexington Road in Brandon. He was found – after having walked 1.1 miles– only 37 minutes after deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and began following the signal emitting from the subject’s SafetyNet bracelet.

The SafetyNet Tracking service enables public safety agencies to more quickly find and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who are prone to wandering and becoming lost.  The service is comprised of a SafetyNet Bracelet worn by a client that emits radio frequency signals, which can be tracked by local public safety officials via their SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers.

SafetyNet Tracking is available to residents throughout Hillsborough County.  For more information on the SafetyNet Tracking service, please contact (877) 4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384), visit safetynettracking.com or follow SafetyNet on Twitter or Facebook.

 Contacts:   

Jeremy Warnick, [email protected], 617-640-6601