YONKERS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Police found a missing elderly woman on Tuesday, July 5 using Project Lifesaver technology.
Individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia with a history of wandering away are fitted with a special tracking bracelet under the Project Lifesaver program. Specially trained and equipped officers can locate missing persons via a radio signal from the bracelet.
“Project Lifesaver technology has helped county police officers save the lives of multiple people who might otherwise not have been located in time,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino said. “I urge anyone with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia to find out more about this invaluable program.”
County Police Officer Timothy Hicks' tracking canine Madison detected the 79-year-old Yonkers woman's scent near her home on Bushey Avenue and followed it to Tuckahoe Road. There, Officer Slotoroff detected a radio signal near Touissant Avenue.
The search team headed west until the signal became stronger in front of 999 Nepperhan Ave. Using the technology, Slotoroff observed that the signal was strongest when the tracking equipment was pointed towards an adjacent wooded area.
The woman was conscious and appeared uninjured.
“I want to thank Officers Hicks and Slotoroff, as well as numerous other officers from the Yonkers and Westchester County police departments, who participated in searching multiple streets and properties until this woman was found safe,” Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said. “More than three hours passed before the missing woman was located, and I applaud these officers for their perseverance and professionalism in bringing this search to a successful conclusion.”
For additional information on Project Lifesaver, go to www.projectlifesaver.org .