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Device helps easily find people with autism, Alzheimer's who wander

August 10, 2018 06:38 PM

We've seen situations of people with autism going missing. Most recently, a 14-year-old boy in Waterford who was found dead in the Mohawk River. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara says a free device would cut down on the cost and manpower involved in these searches.

Once the wearer is reported missing, the device activates and can help searchers find the wearer within 15 minutes.

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"These are massive searches. They involve multiple agencies, hundreds of man-hours. When you look at the cost of the searches, they're pretty big numbers. To fund a program like this, the 'Project Lifesaver' program, just one of those searches can fund this program across the entire state," explained Santabarbara.

There are 47 counties across the state that use "Project Lifesaver."

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