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Program to locate missing people still operating in Clallam County

March 13th, 2014 - 6:20am

(SEQUIM) – When someone with a disorienting disorder wanders from their home or caregiver, the disappearance and subsequent search to locate them is a harrowing experience for all involved.

You may recall the recent case of a 73-year old Port Angeles man who wandered away from his home on February 25th, and was located seven days later in Shoreline.

Local police agencies says they are still operating a program that could help find those who wander. “Project Lifesaver”, uses a radio tracking device to help find people who may be inclined to wander.

Police can issue an electronic wrist or ankle band that emits a tracking signal. When someone is reported missing, police can activate a receiver and help pinpoint a location.

Sequim Police Officer Maris Turner says the program started locally in Sequim a number of years ago.

Turner says once a person is signed up and issued a tracking device, police vehicles are usually able to respond and begin tracking operations within minutes, depending on the person's last known location. A typical search operation may conclude within as little as 30 minutes.

There is a one time fee of $50-dollars to enroll a client in the Lifesaver Program. The program currently operates in more than 1,000 jurisdictions across the nation. Sequim police will track devices between Deer Park Road and the east county line and the Clallam County Sheriff's office offers tracking for areas from Deer Park Road to the west end of the county.

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