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Law Enforcement

Missing special needs man found in Ishpeming through Life Tracker wristband

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ISHPEMING, MI— The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was able to find a missing special needs man Thursday, thanks to the Life Tracker program.

The 23-year-old walked away from an adult foster home in Ishpeming. Special Operations deputies found the man within seven minutes. He was returned home, uninjured.

Through the Life Tracker program, families receive special wristbands for their loved ones with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. The bands contain transmitters that broadcast the wearer’s location to law enforcement agencies that can pick up the signal.

The Sheriff’s Office credits Life Tracker with the quick response time.