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Tracking device helps Ottawa County sheriff find missing elderly man safe

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OTTAWA COUNTY, OH ( Toledo News Now) -  A device called "Project Lifesaver" is the reason a 79- year old man with dementia is home safe after going missing Tuesday morning.

Project Lifesaver is a device clients wear that puts out a frequency. If that client were to go missing, sheriff deputies could tune that frequency into another device to quickly find the missing person.

"I never thought he would walk out on me. I would catch him and it didn't happen, he was gone," said wife Kathy Neff.

Neff called 911 after she woke up and noticed her husband was not in bed. About an hour later, Ottawa County Sheriff Deputies found Neff's husband about a half mile from home. He was sitting in a front yard cold but safe.

"He was two blocks away from the rail road tracks, one of the busiest railroad tracks in this region on the United States," said Sheriff Levorchick.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office joined "Project Lifesaver" in 2005. Tuesday's track was the first time the device was used in a real emergency. It is a free service for any Ottawa County resident.

There are currently nine clients but Sheriff Levorchick wants more people to take part.     

"When we're able to take them home it is the perfect result," said Sheriff Levorchick.

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