Middletown police locate missing man thanks to new technology

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A man from Middletown who was lost is now safe thanks to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Program.

On Aug. 16, a joint response from the Middletown Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office was conducted after a 69-year-old man, who is a participant in the program, wandered from his home, according to a press release. 

Through the Project Lifesaver’s hand held tracking device, which emits radio signals, the man was located in Middletown.

“This incident reinforces the significance of the Project Lifesaver Program and what a critical tool it is when locating a missing individual,” officer Shaun Golden said. “I commend the officers involved for their quick and decisive actions and are proud to lead the way when assisting individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Autism through this valuable program.”

Since the program’s inception in 2003, 10 rescues have been made in Monmouth County. There are 168 individuals who are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program, at present. There are 119 juveniles and 49 adults who are enrolled in Monmouth County, according to the press release. 

Each radio transmitter that is worn by an individual who is enrolled in the program has a unique frequency. The sheriff’s office has 10 receivers with which to track the individual if they were to go missing. 

The range for the radio receiver is one mile on the ground, one quarter mile when roof mounted and five to seven miles in a helicopter, according to the press release.