NEWARK, DE (DNTV): After a 52-Year-Old woman went missing in Newark on Wednesday, police were able to not only locate her quickly, but also rescue her after they utilized the Lifesaver technology.
Police say on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 09:20 a.m. officers from the Community Services Unit responded to the unit block of Elkton Road – Newark in reference to assisting the Newark Police Department with a missing person report.
“It was reported that a 52-year-old woman wandered from her property and was unable to be located.,” Said police spokesman CPL. Michael McNasby.
McNasby said, officers utilized Project Life Saver equipment and were able to obtain a signal for the victim and officers on the scene later located the victim in a wooded area. The victim was in good health and was safely returned to her home.
What Is Project Lifesaver & How Does It Work
Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce the potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dementia, and other related disorders. Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies and is strategically designed for “at risk” individuals who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering.
Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized frequency signal.
If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area.
The first responders will then use the client’s individualized frequency to locate the position of the individual.
The knowledge given from the community policing courses is best applied in this situation because the first responders will know how to best approach the client once found, and allow them to be brought back to safety.
For information on enrolling a loved one in the program, please call the New Castle County Community Services Unit at (302)395-8050.