Missing Eastbourne Man Found Quickly Thanks To Tracking Device

Friday 21st October 2016

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New technology played a vital part in finding an elderly man within hours of him recently being reported missing from home in Eastbourne.

The man, who sadly suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and is consequently confused and vulnerable, was treated as high-risk by Sussex Police.

But thanks to an excellent description of him provided by his wife, and the fact that he was wearing a personal Vega global positioning system device, officers worked out that he was probably on a bus travelling to Langney Shopping Centre.

Police Community Support Officer David Kerr attended the centre's bus stop, boarded the bus and found the missing man. He was returned to his home address safe and well.

Angela Yphantides, lead commissioner at East Sussex County Couincil for telehealthcare, said, "This is an excellent example of how technology can be used to safely support vulnerable people to live more independent lives at home.

"It also demonstrates how the East Sussex Better Together partnership, working with Sussex Police and Wellbeing (ESCC's commissioned telecare provider) can more effectively promote independence."

With such incidents, and due to the vulnerability of the person involved, Sussex Police rightly allocates a considerable amount of time and resources to try to recover them safely.

This particular case showed how technology greatly reduced the effort required to find the missing person.

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