Two autistic kids in the Tampa Bay area recently went missing, and the search for each one ended in heartbreak.
Four-year-old Aiden Bower drowned in a neighbor's pool. And this week, 5-year-old Kesia Kearse's lifeless body was found in a pond near her father's home in Bradenton.
Some believe a special kind of bracelet could have made a difference. Ed Eckert with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office is in charge of Project Life Saver. He says those who suffer from autism, dementia or Alzheimer's, can wear the electronic bracelet. It has a small personal transmitter that emits a tracking system.
It can pick up a signal a mile away, and in water as deep as seven feet.
"As you get closer, the chirp gets louder, and that's how we know what direction to go to," Eckert said.
Pasco county resident David Langham suffers from mild dementia. A few times, he's had trouble finding his way home, making for some agonizing hours for his wife Verna.
"It was horrifying and very fearful," she said.
After Verna heard about Project Lifesaver, she signed up for it. More than 200 people have signed up for the tracking program since it launched several years ago.
Verna says Project Lifesaver is a life changer.
"No fear, no fear. I feel relieved and totally safe that even if he does get lost, he's not going to be lost for long," Langham said.
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