GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A township man who suffers from dementia was found safely after being reported missing from his home.
Police responded at 4:22 p.m. Sunday to a house on the 100 block of Oxford Court for reports of a missing person, Sgt. 1st Class Mark D’Esposito said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
The missing person was an 85-year-old man suffering from dementia who walked away from his home, D’Esposito said. The man was reportedly wearing pajamas and missing for about 45 minutes.
Agencies including the Galloway Township Fire Department, Galloway Township EMS and K-9 units were called in to assist in the search. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish allowed its parking area to be used as a command post.
Officer Jeremy Feliciano found the missing man about one mile from his home, just as the search began, D’Esposito said.
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The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office offers a program to aid victims or families of victims suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down syndrome or autism. Project Lifesaver provides participants with a personalized ID bracelet that emits a tracking signal, D’Esposito said.
The bracelet is a one-ounce, battery-operated radio transmitter that emits automatically a tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal can be tracked in the area over several miles. Each bracelet has its own unique radio frequency that allows search teams to locate and identify a person who has wandered from their home or care facility, D’Esposito said.
Anybody who would benefit from Project Lifesaver can call Lisa Zaccagnino at 609-909-7241.