September 14, 2018—Just 9 days after launching L.A. Found—a countywide program to help families find individuals with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease when they wander and go missing—two individuals who wandered away have been reunited with their family using L.A. Found bracelets.
At 5:45 am on September 13, 2018, a 65-year old man went missing from his Altadena home. He suffers from Alzheimer’s and was given a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet by the L.A. Found program due to his tendency to wander away from his home.
A hiker found the missing man in an Altadena ranch property. He was weak and short of breath and unable to tell the Good Samaritan his name. Fortunately, when the LAPD responded they recognized the LA Found bracelet and contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with the serial number on the device. The LASD Mental Evaluation Team was able to find the serial number on the Project Lifesaver database and confirm his identity. As a result, the LAPD was able to reunite the missing person with his family.
At 10am on September 14, a 76-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease wearing a Project Lifesaver trackable bracelet provided to her family by L.A. Found went missing in the Huntington Park neighborhood. Her family alerted law enforcement at 4 pm this afternoon at which point the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department dispatched four units with Project Lifesaver receivers as well as deployed the helicopter unit with receiver.
However, shortly after receivers were deployed, the woman was found at the LAPD Newton Station. Although she was unable to identify herself, LAPD officers worked with the LASD to identify the woman based on the serial number on her Project Lifesaver bracelet.
“We launched L.A. Found last week and I am so grateful that it has already helped reunite two wandering individuals with their families,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Remember, if your loved one wanders away and goes missing, call 911 immediately and inform law enforcement if they have a Project Lifesaver bracelet. Do not wait. That person could be a danger to themselves and law enforcement can help you find them quickly.”
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