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Trooper finds missing autistic child in minutes with location technology

HASTINGS, N.Y. (WBNG) — A trooper’s training on cutting-edge tracking technology is being credited for the safe return of an autistic child who had been reported missing in Oswego County.

State police say Trooper Christopher Gibbs, with NYSP Hastings, responded to Roxberry Estates Mobile Home Park in Hastings on May 20 after an 11-year-old autistic boy had been reported missing.

Oswego County 911 had been told that the boy was a part of Project Lifesaver. The program uses technology to help track persons at risk, like young children with autism who often wander off and elderly people who have dementia.

Trooper Gibbs, who is trained in Project Lifesaver, deployed his equipment and the boy was found within five minutes.

The boy was located half a mile from his residence hiding in a vehicle at a nearby car dealership. He was found in good health and returned to his family.

“Trooper Gibbs’s training with Project Lifesaver and quick response to the incident led to the quick recovery of the child,” state police said in a new release.

Many agencies, such as New York State Police, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and police departments in the cities of Oswego and Fulton, have personnel trained in Project Lifesaver.

Click here to learn more about Project Lifesaver.


David Hermanovitch

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