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Friday, October 30, 2009

CodeRed Alert Helps Find Missing Elderly Woman

UPDATE A CodeRed automatic telephone call about a missing 74-year-old Westport woman helped locate her today several miles from her home, police said.

The woman who is suffering from dementia wandered away from her condominium home on Post Road East at about 10 a.m., according to police.

After police received a call from relatives, they called in a State Police tracking dog and issued a town-wide CodeRed telephone alert shortly before 3 p.m.

A short time later, two residents who received the call said they saw someone matching her description walking along Compo Road South.

Police found her a few minutes later near 179 Compo Road South and returned her to her family.

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced purchase of the high speed telephone notification system a year ago. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2008)

Since that time, it has been used to locate other missing persons as well as to alert residents to flooding dangers in shoreline areas.


Posted 10/30/09 at 07:34 PM  Permalink


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Technology at it’s best! A positive ending is always a welcome outcome & I for one did not mind receiving the alert.

Posted by Mary A. West on October 30, 2009 at 11:31 PM | #

Not only didn’t I mind receiving the initial alert, but I was glad to get an update call saying all ended well.

Posted by Rich Groblewski on October 31, 2009 at 12:05 AM | #

And it was even better getting the second call confirming she was found safe!

Posted by John Raho on October 31, 2009 at 12:06 AM | #

Good news all around!

Posted by Angie Hinchcliff on October 31, 2009 at 02:47 AM | #

Finally there is something that everyone agrees is a good thing.

Well done Westport!

Posted by Carol Cardozo on October 31, 2009 at 02:07 PM | #