New devices help St. Charles County police locate wanderers

2 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 28 2016 Mar 28, 2016 Monday, March 28, 2016 4:39:00 PM CDT March 28, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. CHARLES (AP) — A new tracking system in St. Charles County is helping police find people with Alzheimer's disease or autism who may wander by themselves.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported about 20 people with such conditions in St. Charles County are using Care Track, a monitoring device that's worn like a wrist watch.

The device began as a way to track endangered animals. Police can find its location from one mile on the ground, five miles from the air or 12 feet under water.

Police Cpl. Steve Case, whose son has autism, started the program by teaming up with the St. Charles County Health Department.

More than 500 agencies around the U.S. use the device, but the company said this program is believed to be the only one in the St. Louis-area.

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