Montgomery County Police In-Service on Wandering and Elopement

  • 11/15/2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Asbury Rosborough Center, 201 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877


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The Montgomery County Department of Police and GROWS invite you to attend our presentation on:

Wandering Awareness and Prevention

Did you know?... 

The following events were recorded by Montgomery County Police during the course of ONE evening from 4:30pm to 11:00pm:

Call details:

  • 78 year-old white female in Bethesda who was located at a friend’s house.
  • 92 year-old African-American female in Silver Spring who was located after 3 1/2 hours of searching in a back yard, which she entered by breaking through the wooden privacy fence of the neighbor's and then through a second wooden privacy fence.
  • 83 year-old African-American male in Silver Spring, who left in a vehicle and was located in the neighborhood by a Park Police officer.
  • 61 year-old African-American male in Gaithersburg who had been located by fire/rescue and transported to Shady Grove Hospital prior to the victim being reported.
  • 77 year-old African-American female in Gaithersburg who was struck by a vehicle, which occurred prior to family reporting her.  This victim was not diagnosed but signs lead to believe she had early stages of dementia.

These 5 calls required the combined commitment of 38 officers to bring them all to a closure.  One Silver Spring case had 27 officers assigned during the height of the search. 

The Montgomery County Department of Police handle an average of 2-5 searches a week for those that have Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 


Officer Laurie Reyes 

Officer Tara Bond  

                                                 YOU are not alone

For more information on wandering prevention, safety and awareness please contact the Montgomery County Department of Police Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Outreach Unit.   (240) 773-6525

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