2012-07-20 / Front Page

South Portland Police Locate Missing Woman on Sawyer Street

Residents in the Kaler Road area helped police locate the 76-year-old woman
By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

South Portland Police used what they called a “reverse 911 system” to locate a woman who was missing in South Portland on Monday, July 23.


Lt. Frank Calark said in a press release a 76-year-old female with dementia and a history of wandering away from her house on Kaler Road was reported missing around 3 p.m. on Monday. Police said they failed to find her in their initial search, so they used a service called CityWatch to notify and seek assistance from residents in the area.


According to Clark, police also called in the Cape Elizabeth Police Department and the Maine Warden’s Service, who responded with a K-9, to assist in the search.


A Sawyer Street resident told police the missing woman was on her property at approximately 7:45 p.m after the resident spoke to police and a game warden. Police officers and wardens then found the female in what police called “thick shrubbery” in the 700 block of Sawyer Street.


Clark reminded residents of the police department’s registration program to help anyone with “a family member suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or another disability impairing their memory or ability to effectively communicate.”


Clark said residents who would like more information about the program can call South Portland Police Officer Jeff Caldwell at 799-5511, ext. 7254.


Staff Writer Jack Flagler can be reached at 282-4337, ext 219.

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