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Project Lifesaver helps local investigators find missing person

Missing Person Found
Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 06:55:00-05

WAKULLA CO., Fla.-- Wakulla County Sheriff's investigators were able to find a missing woman with special needs through Project Lifesaver search and rescue equipment, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel. 

The woman was found on Monday, February 4. She went missing after she wandered away from her relative and caregiver at a local Walmart store. Wakulla County Sheriff's officials organized a search team because the woman couldn't be found inside the store.

The missing woman was found thanks to the fact that she was wearing a Project Lifesaver bracelet, and investigators were able to track her through the device. WCSO detectives and deputies found her 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.”

The following investigators helped find the missing woman: 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 850-926-7145 or WCSO Captain Randall Taylor at 850-745-7100.