Viewer helps reunite man with dementia with family

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — After hours of searching, Gwinnett Police person recovered a missing antheral with dementia with the assistance of a Channel 2 viewer.

Channel 2′s Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas was successful Duluth erstwhile 70-year-old Gregory Martin was reunited with his disquieted family.

A witness, Jason Janifer, said helium had conscionable been connected the WSB News app and saw Martin’s representation erstwhile helium thought helium spotted him sitting astatine a array astatine a state presumption successful the rain.

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“When I pulled up to the pump, my bosom started racing,” Janifer said. “I looked astatine my telephone astatine your communicative with the picture, and I’m looking straight crossed the batch astatine the man.”

Janifer took his ain representation to compare, and past went to help. Janifer said helium asked Martin however helium was feeling.

“I identified myself and work the sanction disconnected the communicative and helium said that was him,” Janifer said.


Martin’s household said helium walked distant from a doctor’s bureau adjacent the Mall of Georgia Wednesday afternoon. That’s much than 10 miles from wherever helium was recovered connected Duluth Highway hours later.

Police utilized a hunt squad and a chopper to hunt for Martin each nighttime long.

After a abbreviated warming up successful the QuickTrip, Martin was reunited with his daughter.

“We are going to instrumentality him to get him a blistery bath and a meal,” Katrina Scott said. “We are conscionable excited arsenic a household to get him backmost home.”

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Scott besides had a peculiar connection for Janifer.

“A batch of radical don’t assistance these days, but I convey you  for your assistance and everything you’ve done for my father,” Scott said.

Gwinnett Police said they anticipation the Martins instrumentality vantage of the Operation Lifesaver program, which puts a GPS tracking instrumentality connected dementia patients truthful they tin rapidly beryllium recovered if they rotation off.

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