FORSYTH COUNTY — A notice from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office about an 18-year-old who went missing twice in a three-day span has highlighted a program that helped deputies find the young man.
Project Lifesaver is a system that provides trackers to people who are “prone” or “likely” to go missing and who have various health concerns, such Alzheimer’s or autism.
Trackers can be distributed to people of any age, though they tend to have a guardian or caregiver, according to Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Batteries on the devices are replaced by the agency every month and can provide a general direction or area of the person if needed. It does not give an exact location.
This is how deputies were able to find the young man once, though it had been taken off the other time.
Though Project Lifesaver serves a good purpose, Regan noted it is not available for everyone, as trackers must be held for those who are in the most need. It is not simply a tracking device for anyone’s child.