Cutting edge technology helps find missing man quickly

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) – A missing Columbus County man with a cognitive impairment was quickly located by law enforcement agencies thanks to a program that uses transmitters that use radio technology to send out individualized frequency signals.

In the early hours of December 6th, Ernest Meadows left home on the Busy Bee Farm Trail in Tabor City and lost his bearings. His family reported him missing.

The sheriff’s office opened a search and, despite the fog, he was found within an hour in a ditch about 700 meters from his home.

The Meadows family had worried he would get confused and migrate, so they had previously contacted the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and registered Meadows with Project Lifesaver.

Project Lifesaver is a not-for-profit organization that provides law enforcement and caregivers with the technology to find those “at risk” with cognitive disorders who are missing.

With the help of a receiver that follows the acoustic alarms, specially trained search and rescue personnel are directed to the location of the missing person.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is providing Project Lifesaver units free of charge to eligible individuals. Call Lt. High at (910) 642-6551 for more information.

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