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Missing Alzheimer's patient found in Dane County


Madison (WKOW) -- from Dane Co. Sheriff:  Sunday evening, Dane County Deputies responded to a report of an intoxicated driver at 6162 US Highway 51 (Truckers Inn) in the town of Burke.

  The caller reported that he witnessed the male driver of a tan colored Chevrolet pick-up truck travel the wrong way on US Highway 51. 

  The caller also reported that the man had pulled into the Truckers Inn, where he exited the vehicle and went inside the truck stop. 

  When deputies arrived and made contact with the man, it was determined that he was in fact a missing Alzheimer's patient from Davenport, Iowa. 

  The 79-year-old man had been reported missing by his family. 

  Deputies immediately contacted the family who came to Dane County to bring the man home.

  The Dane County Sheriff's Office has recently implemented the Project Lifesaver program, designed for situations such as this one. 

  With Project Lifesaver, a person suffering from a neurological disorder such as Alzheimer's or Autism can be fitted with a battery-operated wristband used to track their location, should they wander or become lost. 

  The Sheriff's Office currently has 12 individuals in Dane County in the program.

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