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GPS Watch Helped Locate Man with Dementia

  • Date: 2018-02-14
  • Issued by: Police Department

On February 4th, 2014, a 56-year-old man surnamed Ho, who lives in North District, got lost in Toubian mountainous area in Taiping District. Fortunately, his family had him wear a GPS watch, whose last signal showed that he was in Toubian mountainous area. After approximately 2 hours of search, the police finally found him at Chung Ken Lane and helped him return home.

Police officers at Toubian Police Station, Taiping Precinct, Taichung City Police Department received a report from a man surnamed Ho at 14:00 on February 4th. Ho came over to the Police Station in person and reported that his younger brother who suffered from mental retardation went out in the morning and did not return home until then. Ho said his younger brother wore a GPS watch, whose last signal showed he was in Toubian mountainous area but the signal disappeared later. Afraid that his younger brother might run into trouble, Ho asked the police to help. Chief of Toubian Police Station immediately deployed the police to search the mountains. After 2 hours of efforts, the police located the man at a mountain road 2 kilometers away from the Police Station. He did wear a watch and his name was embroidered on the chest of his shirt. After he was brought back to the Police Station, his elder brother confirmed he was the one.

The mentally retarded Ho also suffered from speech disorders and could not tell how he went 12 kilometers away from home into the mountains. When he saw his elder brother at the Police Station, he only kept telling him that he was hungry. Thus, the police provided him with hot meals. The elder brother said his family was really scared to have found his younger brother missing and they were grateful for the enthusiastic assistance of the police.

Police urge that if there is an elderly or a person with dementia in the family, please pay more attention to him/her. It is further suggested that a telephone number be left in his/her pockets or on his/her clothing, so that the police and the public who find him/her can contact the family and help him/her return home.

  • Date : 2014-03-14
  • Hit: 13
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