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Aug 28, 2013 7:15 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Nuececs County Sheriff Launches New Tracking Device

NUECES COUNTY - The Sheriff is kicking off a new program that he says could save numerous lives. He is offering Nueces County residents the option to get a tracking device for a loved one who may be prone to getting lost. For example, elderly people who suffer from Alzheimers or children with Autism.

The tracking device is about the size of a quarter. But that quarter sized tracker could come in handy if a loved one ever gets lost for some reason. If a loved one is wearing the device and gets lost, the sheriff's deputies would use a tracking device that would beep if they got closer to finding the lost person.

"It has the potential to save many, many lives," said Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin.

The small tracking device would be placed in a wrist band that looks like a watch. It is completely water proof, so the idea is that it would never be taken off.

You may remember the woman who disappeared on The Island earlier in August. Police spent hours looking for her, but when they found her she was dead. She had fallen into a canal and drowned. Sheriff Kaelin said if she had one of his new tracking devices on her wrist, she could have been found faster.

"With this we can... We're not knocking on doors. We don't have to. Unless we get a ping. It isolates us to the area that we need to be looking at," said Sheriff Kaelin.

The Sheriff says his department is using seized asset forfeiture funds, or drug money to buy the trackers and tracking system. He says residents would have to be in charge of replacing the battery, which he says adds up to about $100 a year.

The Sheriff says all of his deputies are already trained to use the equipment. The only thing needed now is for residents to sign up and buy the wrist band. If you are interested in getting this monitoring device for a loved one, contact the Sheriffs Department at (361) 887-2222.

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