The Sheriff’s Department of Georgetown County, South Carolina recently became one of 1,400 law enforcement agencies to voluntarily participate in the Project Lifesaver program.
Project Lifesaver assists families and caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease and related conditions and disabilities. Project Lifesaver clients wear a wrist or ankle band that emits a silent tracking signal. When caregivers notify law enforcement that a loved one is missing, a search and rescue team comprised of specifically trained local law enforcement officers respond to the area with state-of-the-art tracking equipment.
On April 23, 2016, a Silver Alert was issued for 89-year-old Robert Clarence Boone. Boone went missing in Apex, North Carolina, and was later found safe 250 miles away in Dorchester County, South Carolina.
From the news story at WRAL-TV:
An elderly Apex man who went missing around 4 p.m. on Saturday was located by Dorchester County authorities in South Carolina Sunday evening.
Robert Clarence Boone, 89, was traveling to the Food Lion on Laura Duncan Road Saturday afternoon, according to the Boone family.
Boone’s daughter, Donna, said her father is battling with an onset of dementia.
“On a typical day like today, he would be sitting in the yard,” Donna Boone said. “He’d be talking with us, playing with the dogs and just watching the cars go by.”
Robert Boone has four children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
“He loves his family. He sticks close to his family and he sticks close to home,” Donna Boone said. “So this is one of the reasons why it’s very disturbing.”
Officials sent out a statewide Silver Alert late Saturday night for the missing 89-year-old.
“It’s very surreal,” she said. “It’s something you see on TV. You do not expect it to be happening to your own family. It’s distressing.”
On December 20 2014, a Silver Alert was issued for Alvin and Catherine Dressler. The Dresslers went missing in Marion County, Florida and were found safe 320 miles away in St. George, South Carolina.
From the story on MyFoxOrlando:
Marion County deputies said the couple they were looking for since Saturday have been found safely.
Deputies said Alvin and Catherine Dressler were safely Sunday in St. George, South Carolina, which is in Dorchester County.
The Dresslers were reported missing over the weekend as they were last seen Tuesday at their home and were leaving for Maryland.
The couple was heading up north to see their daughter for the holidays.
Deputies said their cell phone had been turned off and they never arrived at their daughter’s home, which sparked the Silver Alert.