Code Red alert proves successful

A 74-year-old woman who wandered away from her Post Road East condominium Friday was subsequently located with the help of the Westport Police Department's "Code Red" alert system.

The system sent a pre-recorded call to residents with information about the woman. Within 10 minutes of the alert being sent out, two calls came in from people who said they saw a woman matching her description walking on Compo Road South. She was returned to relatives by police a short time later.

"It just proves the system works," said Fiore, adding, "Technology is working for us."

"It's an incredible tool," said Captain Foti Koskinas. "We go from having six to eight officers looking for somebody to actually having every resident that responds to the phone call peeking out their window."

The missing woman went out for a walk around 10 a.m. Police received the call that she was missing around 2:30 p.m. She usually returns by 2 p.m., according to relatives, said Koskinas.

A week before the incident, the woman also didn't return on time, but family members found her "before it became a concern," according to Koskinas.

As a result of the second incident, the Westport Police Department has made available to the family Project Lifesaver, a locating device that is about the size of watch.

Koskinas said it was the public that ultimately found the woman last Friday. As good as the police department is, sometimes its officers need the assistance of the citizens it protects.

"Like always, we urge the public for their assistance," he said.