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Cortland Sheriffs Safely Locate Missing Person With Autism In Five Minutes

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Officers with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office were called to a residence in Harford on Saturday (August 3) night, on reports of an individual with autism who had wandered away from home just before 10 p.m.

Within five minutes of the search beginning, the individual was found safe and sound.

The swift success was thanks to special equipment the Sheriff’s Office now possesses through a partnership with Project Lifesaver, a non-profit that provides first responders around the country with equipment necessary to find individuals who are prone to wandering.

The program works through a special wristband that’s worn on either the wrist or ankle of persons at-risk of wandering. An attached, battery-operated transmitter emits an inaudible pulse once per second, at a specific frequency that can be picked up by any receiver operated by public safety officers.

Thanks to this partnership with Project Lifesaver, the Sheriff’s Office has transmitters available for any adults or children who may need them.

For more information on Project Lifesaver, you can visit or contact the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

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