Chalk up a win for technology.
On September 28, a 92-year-old man who suffers from dementia walked out of his house at Mara Close Bonnyrigg where he resides with his family.
When the man could not be located the police were called. He was wearing a special GPS tracker however the device was not working.
A number of Fairfield Police crews attended the location and commenced the search which was also joined by the POLAIR helicopter who used their onboard megaphone to alert local residents to the disappearance.
The police media unit also sent out text messages to the local community which resulted in a number of locals providing information about the whereabouts of the missing man.
As a result of this information, the man was located safe and well, walking along the Elizabeth Drive, Bonnyrigg, some two-kilometres from his house. He was returned home to his grateful family. It was later discovered that the GPS tracker was accidentally turned off by the man himself.
The NSW Police Force uses geo-targeting to locate high risk missing persons, sending emergency alerts to mobiles in the area where the person went missing. The text message is from 0444 444 444 and is an official alert to seek your assistance and will provide you with information and a link to an image.