CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. (KMSP) - Winter in Minnesota is dangerous to those caught outside for long periods of time, and with temperatures approaching freezing every report of a missing person becomes that much more dire for law enforcement investigating such cases.
In an effort to help officers search for vulnerable adults who have a tendency to wander, the Chisago County Sheriff's Department started using tracking technology to monitor those individuals, lowering search times from several hours to several minutes in most cases.
This Project Life Saver technology may well have saved the life of a man named Brian over the weekend after he wandered off from his home into a swampy area while the weather outside turned from bad to worse.
All in all, it took less than 30 minutes from the original 911 call to locate Brian--thanks to an ankle bracelet containing radio tracking technology.
The nonprofit partnering with the Sheriff's Department hopes to outfit anyone who needs the device for free, with the only cost being a bimonthly $5 for replacement batteries.
For more information about project lifesaver, go to their website.