Project Lifesaver in SWFL gives tracking devices to those with dementia

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- In the last five days, two women, suffering from dementia, went missing from their homes in Lee and Collier counties.

Both were found safe, hours after wandering away.

Now, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind you about a program that can help find them faster.

Project Lifesaver is designed to help those who suffer from dementia, autism, or other health issues that may cause them to wander.

Once someone is signed up, they get a wristband, which sends a tracking signal to law enforcement.

Stacey Payne, community relations manager for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office says, “with the locator equipment we have, we can track this signal. Average find time across the nation is within 30 minutes of law enforcement response. Something like this, can really bring piece of mind to the caregiver, family.”

The program cost $10 a month with a one-time $350 fee up front.

If a family cannot afford the program, the sheriff’s office says they will work to find you another funding option.

For more information, you can call the sheriff’s office at 239-258-3280 or visit their website at


Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.