Colonie, NY – A 25-year-old man with autism who had wandered away from home early Saturday morning was found safe shortly after he was reported missing due in part to a special program called Project Lifesaver, according to a news release from Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr.
Authorities received call at 2:21 a.m. from the man’s mother who said she believed her son had climbed out a window of their Broderick Street home and was missing. The man who was wearing a Project Lifesaver FM transmitter was located unharmed within 18 minutes of the initial call about a half mile from home on Locust Park wearing only pajamas, Apple said. He was found by a member of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team working with members of the Colonie Police Department. Authorities believe the man entered into a home seeking warmth, Apple said.
“The quick response by everyone involved prevented a potentially dangerous situation and demonstrated that, along with good police work, the Project Lifesaver Program works”, Apple said.