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Missing 'project lifesaver' client found in Back Creek Valley area of W.Va.

January 13, 2012

A missing "project lifesaver" client was found in the Back Creek Valley area in Berkeley County, W.Va., after a brief search Thursday afternoon, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said.

Project Lifesaver is a program that assists families and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities who tend to wander and become confused.

The sheriff's office received a call about the missing person at about 12:36 p.m., when the person had been missing for about 45 minutes, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Trained Project Lifesaver search specialists from the sheriff's office and Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department began a search at about 1:30 p.m.

Seven minutes later, the missing person was found by a local resident, the release said.

The search specialists were within 75 yards of the place where the missing person was found and were tracking in the right direction, the release said.

"The specialists were impressed with how well the equipment worked with them being in a mountainous terrain," Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said in the release.

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