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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - Some families and caregivers in St. Charles County can now have greater peace of mind with a tracking device available today.

Those families may have a parent with dementia, a child with autism, or other medical issue that cause them to wander away.

The Care Trak system, launched Monday in the county, allows deputies to track a person wearing the wrist transmitter within a mile on the ground and five miles from the air.

St. Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Case, whose son is autistic, says he knows families that are living in terror.

“We have couples, husbands and wives, that can’t even both be asleep at the same time because if they do, their child’s going to get out of the house and he may run two doors down, he may run two miles away,” Case explains.

Those looking to participate in the program can contact the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment. Participants much live in the county, not have access to a car, and have a 24-hour caregiver.

A one-time fee of $250 is required to cover the cost of the wrist transmitter and battery check device. Participants must then stop by the department once every two months to have the battery replaced.
St. Charles County is one of five agencies in Missouri using the Care Trak system.

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