MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Sheriff's Office is crediting both its Project Lifesaver Program with helping one of its officers recently find, in less than ten minutes, a missing older man.

Morris County Sheriff's Officer Travis Somerville found the man, who suffers with dementia, in just seven minutes, said the Sheriff's Office. "Once the man was located, Officer Somerville walked the man home," it said. 

Are you caring for someone who has been diagnosed with a cognitive disorder? Do you wonder how you would find them if they wandered off?

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The Sheriff's Office said you can reduce anxiety and worry by signing up for The Project Lifesaver Program. It's free for Morris County residents.

The program gives support to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for those suffering from Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, Autism, dementia, brain trauma and cognitive disorders.

"Project Lifesaver gives peace of mind and reassurance for the family, as well as saves time and manpower if an individual wanders off," said the Sheriff's Office.

Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a special wrist or ankle bracelet equipped with a small transmitter. The device emits a signal that law enforcement can track when someone goes missing, said the Sheriff's Office. Search times have been reduced from days and hours to minutes. Average recovery times are well under 30 minutes, it said.

To fill out an enrollment application; click here