Search and rescue team to use device to find missing Alzheimer's patients

By WEEK Reporter

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria County's Search and Rescue team will have a new device next month to help them find missing Alzheimer's patients.

Last February, 73-year old Alzheimer's patient John Garrett of Peoria wandered away from his home. His body was found a week later, miles away.

During Wednesday's Alzheimer's Association annual Legislative Breakfast, those attending received an update on the Care Trak program.

"The Care Traking equipment is a wrist band or anklet that the patient would wear and if they wander off, we can use a homing device and zone in on their signal and find out where they are at. Its cuts search and rescue time down to minutes from hours or days," said Lt. Mark Molleck of the Peoria County Sheriff's Department.

The equipment and training will begin early in February.

If you have a loved one who needs a Care Trak device you can contact Lt. Molleck at the Peoria County Sheriff's Department at 697-7804.

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