For immediate release:
DOVER, MA – On Monday, January 30th, 2017, at approx. 1253 hours, the Dover Police Department Emergency Communications Center was notified by a Centre St resident that their elderly father had wandered away from their home. After an extensive search spanning several hours, he was located safe inside a nearby residence.
Social Media and the Swift911 reverse calling system were used to give out his description and updates as information became available.
The 80 year old man is new to town and suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Since he is susceptible to wandering, DPD has referred his family to the SafetyNet program. This device, when worn by a person with cognitive conditions putting them at risk of wandering or getting lost, uses radio frequencies to allow the Dover Police to locate the individual, potentially within minutes of the initial report. You can read more about the program and learn how to signup here.
The Dover Police Department was assisted on scene by the Medfield Police Department, the MetroLEC K9, Search & Rescue, and Communications divisions, and Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police K9 and Airwing sections.
Media inquiries may be directed to DPD Media Services. Please do not contact the Emergency Communications Center directly on this matter.