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Pinellas deputies find missing woman with radio-tracking device

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas deputies credit a tracking bracelet for finding a woman who wandered from her home Monday, marking the county's first successful search with the national program.

The search started after Donna Marie Hunter, 76, walked away from her Gloria Manor II home at 1325 Fourth St. N about 8:30 p.m., deputies say.

Hunter had registered for Project Lifesaver, a program that provides a bracelet with transmitter for clients suffering from autism, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. The transmitter constantly emits a unique tracking signal.

Hunter was missing for two hours before Gloria Manor staffers notified the sheriff's office.

Several deputies arrived, a Project Lifesaver tracking antenna in tow, and found her several blocks away within 40 minutes, deputies said. She had made it unharmed at the corner of 16th Avenue NE and Locust Street.

Hunter told deputies she was heading home, though she was walking the wrong way.

It was the first time deputies located someone using the Project Lifesaver technology.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando are among local counties also offering the program.

Pinellas deputies find missing woman with radio-tracking device 07/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:53pm]
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