Updated Dec. 26, 3:41 p.m.–
Citrus Heights police are promoting the use of personal tracking technology for at-risk residents after helping find two missing seniors this week — one of whom was wearing a trackable device designed for such an emergency.
A Christmas-Day search for one of the seniors, 77-year-old James Mengel, ended late last night after the Citrus Heights resident was found in good health in Truckee by California Highway Patrol officers, according to a police press release. The search began after Mengel was reported missing by a family member, prompting CHP to utilize a missing-person public notification system known as “Silver Alert.”
In a much less publicized incident earlier this week, Citrus Heights police said they also helped find a 61-year-old man with dementia who reportedly wandered away from his home on Monday. This time, police were aided by the Department’s “Project Lifesaver” system to track a signal from a personal transmitter the man was wearing — something only 13 people currently have in the city…