Osceola County Sheriff’s Office demonstrate program to track down missing residents

‘Project Lifesaver’ uses a bracelet with a radio frequency device that helps deputies

(Image: Osceola County Sheriff's Office)
(Image: Osceola County Sheriff's Office) (WKMG)

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said it’s common to see elderly residents and children or adults with disabilities wander away which is why they are using the “Project Lifesaver Program” to locate missing residents faster and safely.

“This aids the sheriff’s office search specialists with locating the victim in an event they become lost. The average rescue time losing project lifesaver is approximately 30 minutes which in the past it’s taken hours to locate a missing person. Sometimes days,” Sheriff Marco Lopez said.

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Project lifesaver consists of a bracelet with a radio frequency device that helps deputies or a search specialist with locating the missing person.

According to the sheriff’s office, most who wander are found within a few minutes from home and search time has been reduced from hours and days to minutes using the bracelet.

The program is cost-free for all residents.

“We do have a lot of older people that are retiring here, and dementia is real so just putting some of these bracelets on them, getting them involved in this program could potentially make the difference between life and death,” Lopez said.

Click here to find more information on how to join the program.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!