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Project Lifesaver device helps WCSO locate missing person

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators located a 26-year-old missing special needs female Monday, Feb. 4 using the Project Lifesaver search and rescue equipment, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.

The special needs female was at Wal-Mart when she wandered away from a relative who was serving as her caregiver. The WCSO mobilized a search team after an effort to locate the female inside the store was unsuccessful.

The missing female was wearing a Project Lifesaver bracelet and WCSO investigators used the correlating tracking equipment. In less than 30 minutes after receiving the call, WCSO detectives and deputies arrived on the scene and located the missing female tangled up in weeds and brush on a fence line on the northern side of the structure.

“She was safe and sound, unharmed, just disoriented,” said Sheriff Creel. “Project Lifesaver is an outstanding program and has helped the sheriff’s office locate many missing citizens in a short period of time over the years.”

Investigating for the sheriff’s office was: Detective Matt Helms, Detective Ryan Muse, Sgt. Mike Helms, Lt. Andy Curles, Victim Advocates Laurie Langston and Paige Strickland and Captain Randall Taylor who operated the search equipment.

The Project Lifesaver bracelet emits a radio signal that is sent out to the search device and helps law enforcement locate missing citizens who are wearing the bracelet. Most of the residents who have been located by the Project Lifesaver equipment over the years have been older citizens, but it is effective for all ages.

For more information about the program, call the Wakulla County Senior Citizens Center at 926-7145 or WCSO Captain Randall Taylor at 745-7100.

 

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