Project Lifesaver: tracking devices help find lost people

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Project Lifesaver helps loved ones and law enforcement keep track of those who may wander.

The devices are meant for people with Alzheimer's, dementia, or autism or who may tend to wander. The program provides the person with a device that has a tracking system. If the person wanders off, it allows deputies to find them quickly, which is especially important in cold weather.

"People that aren't on Project Lifesaver, the search usually lasts nine hours up to 15 --maybe we may not find them," said Sgt. Stephen Owens, who coordinates the project in Page County. "(With) Project Lifesaver, the last two searches we've done, we've found the person in about 30 minutes," said Sgt. Owens.

Each device costs $250, and the sheriff's office works with grants for people who are unable to afford them. Right now, the county has five people who have devices and have helped people ages four to 94 to get them. Detailed info about Page County's implementation of Project Lifesaver is [ here ].