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Deputies credit 'Lifesaver' plan

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were successful in finding a missing Cedar Mill woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s and had wandered away from her home.

Deputies credit Project Lifesaver for her speedy and safe return to her home.

On the evening of Jan. 5, deputies responded to a Cedar Mill home where the husband of the woman reported she was missing. With temperatures dropping, it was imperative deputies find the missing woman as quickly as possible.

The woman has a history of walking away from home and is enrolled in Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver participants receive a plastic bracelet containing a waterproof radio transmitter.

Each participant’s transmitter is assigned a radio frequency that is unique to them and to their geographical area. The bracelets may be worn on the participant’s wrist or ankle.

Using equipment to track the transmitter, deputies were able to find the missing woman in less than two hours.

For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-846-6048.

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