STAMFORD, Conn. — A missing 98-year-old man with dementia who got behind the wheel was safely returned to his family thanks to the eagle eyes of a Stamford officer on patrol.
The incident began at 7:48 p.m. Monday, when a Belltown woman called 911 and reported that her husband was missing, police said.
The missing man, who has dementia, had taken the family vehicle even though he had not driven in over 10 years, police said.
Officers met with the woman and gathered information to initiate a Silver Alert. Neighboring agencies and the State Police were alerted, and many Stamford Police units began to canvass the area.
About 40 minutes after the call to police, Officer James Grabinski spotted the missing vehicle driving in North Stamford.
The vehicle was pulled over, and the missing man was located and safely returned to his family, police said.
The Stamford Police Department runs a program called Project Lifesaver, which involves places a tracking device on a family member who may wander due to dementia or Alzheimer's disease. If someone goes missing, Stamford police can attempt to track and find the person to bring them home safely.
If you are interested in the program or have questions, call the program administrator, Sgt. Sean Scanlan at 203-977-5852
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