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UPDATE: Project Lifesaver Anklet Failed in Missing Woman Case

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UPDATE: 6/19 at 5:50 p.m.

A Port Edwards woman is home safe after she went missing Tuesday evening.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department says 61-year-old Janet Webb was reported missing around 4 pm after she wandered off while walking her dog.

Janet is an Alzheimer's patient and at the time she went missing was wearing a Project Lifesaver anklet used to track her. But Wednesday that anklet failed because the battery was dead.

Lieutenant Becker from the Wood County Sheriff's Department says the battery in the ankle bracelet is supposed to last 45 days.

“Unfortunately, there was an equipment issue here. However, it's been taken care of. I really don't expect this to happen again with the family. "

But just to make sure a deputy will check on Janet every 30 days.

Lt. Becker says, however, the caretaker is ultimately responsible for testing the battery on the anklet everyday.

If they think the anklet is malfunctioning they should call their local law enforcement.

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UPDATE at 6/18 at 11 p.m.

Wood County sheriff's deputies say a Port Edwards woman missing since about 4pm Tuesday has been found safe. He says medical crews gave 61-year-old Janet Webb a check up and she's now back at home.

Sgt. Matt Susa tells NewsChannel 7 that a neighbor a few doors down from where she disappeared heard a dog barking and called authorities who found her in some woods at about 10:30pm.

Again, Janet Webb has been found unharmed and is back home.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 6/18 at 9:12 p.m.

Emergency crews are searching for an Alzheimer's victim missing from the Town of Port Edwards in Wood County since Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt. Matt Susa tells NewsChannel 7 that 61-year-old Janet Webb disappeared at about 4pm while walking her dog, Pepper not far from her home on Lynn Hill Rd.

Webb was last seen wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans.

She uses Project Lifesaver, which includes an ankle bracelet to track her. However, Susa says it's not working.

He also says a K9 brought in to help find her did not pick up a scent. Bloodhounds were later brought in to help out.

Firefighters from the Nekoosa Fire Department and the Spirit Air ambulance were also called in to help assist in the search.

If you see the missing woman call the Wood County Sheriff's Department at (715) 421-8700.


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