October 13, 2016
Program helps find missing elderly
When Petaluma biochemist and environmental leader Gerald Moore was found last May after being lost for more than 24 hours, Petaluma police were able to locate him using techniques they currently employ under a program established to make it easier to locate missing elderly loved ones.
Moore, 77, was found unharmed by police near Frates and Old Adobe Road after an extensive community search. The Safe Return program, started a year ago, organizes information to aid police and the community in locating those who suffer from varying forms of memory loss, whether due to injury, medications or dementia.
Jennifer Pritchard, community education outreach and volunteer coordinator for the Petaluma Police Department, said Safe Return is vital to creating an efficient process for finding a person who has gone missing and cannot help themselves.
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