The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office land search and drone team assisted in the search for an elderly man who left his home early this morning (April 24).
Deputies were sent to an apartment on Sweeping Pine Drive around 4 a.m. after the missing man’s wife told officers he had had episodes of dementia and Parkinson’s for the past few years, which resulted in the man trying to to leave the house. A previous episode happened around 2:30 this morning but the wife was able to keep her husband in the living room.
She assumed he would be sitting in the living room and going back to normal, but when she checked on him about 15 minutes later, he was gone. She tried to locate the man in the neighborhood but was unsuccessful and called 9-1-1.
The search and drone team mobilized and began scanning the area. Around 6:30 a.m., the missing person was found behind a residential building in the neighborhood. He was evaluated by Lincoln County EMS and taken to a hospital for further treatment.
The family was counseled about the Project Lifesaver Program in Lincoln County. Project Lifesaver is a program that helps with incidents involving victims of Alzheimer’s and other related diseases who have left home and may be lost. The program is designed to streamline search and rescue procedures and save lives.
The program works by tracking the customer electronically. A trained representative meets with the client and caregiver once a month to ensure proper maintenance of the equipment. Client records and profiles are maintained in the sheriff’s office and in the Project Lifesaver database.
For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact Lt. Jordan Cody 704 736-8866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.