Tracking tech helps find missing man | Community Spirit
A man who wandered away from home was found safe thanks to technology provided by a nonprofit program, authorities said.
On Wednesday at about 2:12 p.m., the Sauk County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing mentally challenged man who was last seen in the West Baraboo area.
The missing man is part of a Sauk County program called Project Lifesaver, which outfits people with disorders -- such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism and Down syndrome -- with a bracelet or anklet that can help find them, should they wander from home.
The Project Lifesaver team responded Wednesday with equipment to assist in locating the man. The Sauk County Sheriff's Office said the man was found unharmed a short time later in West Baraboo.
Most individuals who wander are found within a few miles from home and the average recovery time is 30 minutes, which is 95 percent less time than using standard search measures, according to the sheriff's office.
There is no cost to families who participate, but the program does accept donations to continue the service. Funds come from local businesses and community partners, the sheriff's office said. For information on how to enroll or contribute, visit www.co.sauk.wi.us/sheriffsoffice.