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E.C. Glass Student Found By Project Lifesaver


Lynchburg, VA -  An E.C. Glass student with a severe form of autism went missing for more than an hour on Thursday, and that had his family extremely worried. 20-year-old Stavros Alexander wandered away from the school after being left unsupervised for just seconds. Project Lifesaver came to Stavros's rescue and found him a short distance away.

"It's just about every parent's nightmare," said Peter Alexander who is Stavros's father.

Alexander wandered from the school and crossed a busy street.

 "He does not know how to cross traffic, streets, and he was all alone," said Alexander.

His father met with school faculty and looked at surveillance video to see exactly what happened.

"There was a 29 second increment where he was unsupervised and within that time, he was out of the building," said Alexander.

Thankfully, Lynchburg has three on-call teams made up of people from the Sheriff's Office and Police Department - that respond to missing calls, as part of the Project Lifesaver Program.

 "We go to the area where they were last seen. We punch in their frequency and we start to search, usually from ten to twenty minutes is the normal search time for somebody," said Corporal Arthur Pedigo of the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office.

In this case, they found their target within 20 minutes - at the Jones Memorial Library.

Project Lifesaver is a national organization. The tracking devices are mainly used for those with Autism or Alzheimer's Disease.The Sheriff's Office and Alexander family agree it truly is a lifesaving program.

"They were very quick to respond and very effective in their response. They located my son within a short amount of time," said Alexander.

"It's a great program to locate people that come up missing and it works, " said Corporal Pedigo.

The Sheriff's Office says that they respond to a handful of calls a month.

There are nearly 30 people in the Lynchburg area enrolled in the Project Lifesaver Program. The Alexander family credits the Project Lifesaver Program and the quick response of the Sheriff's Office for their son's safe return.


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