Authorities credit Project Lifesaver transmitter with finding boy

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies say a missing 14 year old boy was found unharmed Sunday night, in part due to a monitoring bracelet provided by Project Lifesaver.

The boy, who is prone to wander, was reported missing around 10:30 Sunday night from his Garden Street home. He had been outfitted with a Project Lifesaver bracelet that includes a transmitter for just these sort of incidents. However, when the device was tracked to a store on Merchant’s Mile, the bracelet had been removed and was found in a store restroom.

Video from store surveillance confirmed that the boy had recently been in the store and the bathroom. And after a search in the area, the boy was found unharmed by Chief Deputy Chris Lane.

TRIAD, a partnership between the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and senior groups, and Sgt Jim Stevens used a grant from the Custer Nugent Foundation to get the Project Lifesaver program up and running locally.

Authorities say that a modification to the boy’s bracelet will now be added so that a special tool will be required to remove it.