Police, care facility staff find missing man at park in Bloomington

Keith Johnson, 66, was found after being reported missing, St. George, Utah, June, 2019 | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A St. George man with dementia who went missing Friday was found safe at a park in the Bloomington area.

Keith Johnson, 66, was found Monday afternoon after a caller alerted the St. George Police Department to a possible sighting of Johnson at Christensen Park at 3764 S. 1470 West, St. George Police officer Tiffany Atkin said.

Christensen Park is over 8 miles away from the Chrysalis care facility near Red Cliffs Mall where Johnson lives.

Several police officers participated in the search at Christensen Park and were subsequently joined by Chrysalis personnel, who found Johnson, Atkin said. A missing poster issued by the St. George Police Department noted Johnson enjoys walking the St. George trail system that crisscrosses much of the city.

This is not the first time Johnson has walked away from Chrysalis, Atkin said. He disappeared last October and was found safe at the Pilot Flying J Travel Center five days later.

Due to these repeated incidents, Atkins said the Police Department is working with Chrysalis to find a way to keep track of Johnson.

A possible option may be the radio frequency-based tracking system called Project Lifesaver.

Read more: Project Lifesaver helps bring wandering loved ones home

Project Lifesaver has been promoted and used by area police departments to find at-risk individuals who may be prone to wander from home, such as those who experience autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia or Down syndrome.

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