Missing 82-Year-Old Marshfield Man with Alzheimer’s Found Tangled in Marsh by Marshfield Police Department Using SafetyNet Tracking System
Rescue Story 05/23/2012
Vinny DiNatale, an 82-year-old resident of Marshfield who has Alzheimer’s disease, wandered away from his home and did not return. Upon realizing that he was missing, his wife contacted the Marshfield Police Department and informed them that Mr. DiNatale was enrolled in the SafetyNet Tracking service, which enables public safety agencies to find and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who are prone to wandering and becoming lost.
The Marshfield Police Department and Fire Department deployed ground units to search for Mr. DiNatale, who enrolled in the SafetyNet Service three months ago. Just 30 minutes after he was reported missing, Officer Greg Davis with the Marshfield Police picked up a signal from Mr. DiNatale’s SafetyNet bracelet and located the man nearly one-half of a mile away from his residence. He was tangled in a marsh area at the bank of the South River and not initially visible. According to police, if the man wasn’t located so quickly, Mr. DiNatale’s life could have been endangered due to him being tangled and the forthcoming high tide.
This is the Marshfield Police Department’s first rescue using the SafetyNet system.