WARNER ROBINS -- A tag reader system used by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and other Middle Georgia law enforcement agencies was credited with finding a Warner Robins man Saturday within three hours of his being reported missing.
Walter Sammons, 83, drove away from his son’s home in Bonaire about 4:40 p.m., said Lt. David Carrick. Family members said Sammons suffers from short-term dementia and was not supposed to have been driving.
Sammons was found unharmed about 7:30 p.m. on First Street shortly after his vehicle’s tag pinged the tag reader system of a Houston County sheriff’s deputy who was driving down Ga. 247, Carrick said. The deputy couldn’t turn around immediately, but he found the vehicle Sammons was driving within about 10 minutes, Carrick said.
The tag reader system automatically emits a sound when a tag entered into the system is nearby. Tags can be entered into the system in cases of missing persons and those with outstanding arrest warrants, for example.
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