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Project Lifesaver helps law enforcement find vulnerable adults, children

Posted at 9:29 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 10:29:43-04

A La Vista mother was reunited with her missing 11-year-old child last night after he made his way home on his own. 

Melissa Amato turned her attention away from her son Nathan, who is autistic, for just a moment when he took off on his scooter and rode to a Wal Mart five miles away. 

The mother of four wishes she had the tracking device offered by Project Lifesaver much sooner. The Sarpy County program offers bracelets for free to help track vulnerable people with Alzheimer's, autism or other conditions. 

Captain Kevin Griger from the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said the device works all over the country and can help officers quickly find people who go missing. 

"The amount of manpower and overtime expenses is huge," he said. "With this, the average time to find somebody is 30 minutes."