Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-415

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 31, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    HCSO Deputies Locate Missing Adult With SafetyNet by LoJack

    Man enrolled in SafetyNet program earlier in the day.
    • Tuesday
    • October 30, 2012
    • Time: 7:43 PM
    • 1709 Tarah Trace Drive
    • Brandon, Florida

    Missing/Endangered Adult:

    Christopher Simmons
    DOB: 12/2/1943
    1709 Tarah Trace Dr
    Brandon, Florida


    On October 30, 2012, at approximately 7:43 p.m., deputies responded to 1709 Tarah Trace Drive in Brandon to conduct a search for a sixty-eight year old who suffers from dementia. Sixty-eight year old Christopher Simmons was last seen walking away from his residence at 6:00 p.m.

    Mr. Simmons was enrolled in the SafetyNet program earlier in the day at 4:49 p.m. by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies deployed their LoJack SafetyNet tracking equipment. Deputies began receiving a signal from the Personal Locator Unit to the north and west of the last known location of Mr. Simmons. Deputies began checking areas on foot. Deputies began receiving a stronger signal near The River Church located at 3738 River International Drive.

    A service was in progress at The River Church. Deputies secured the perimeter and the church staff assisted with locating Christopher Simmons who was seated in the audience of the church service. Mr. Simmons was returned to his guardian safe and sound.

    The Personal Locator Unit signal was located approximately 1.5 miles away from Mr. Simmons last known location. The SafetyNet search started at approximately 8:00 p.m. and ended at approximately 9:40 p.m.

    Citizens enrolled in SafetyNet wear a small LoJack® SafetyNet™ personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local SafetyNet by LoJack agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer's area.

    For more information on SafetyNet and how to obtain a personal transmitter, please visit https://safetynetbylojack.com.

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