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SCMPD, CEMA SAR Team and Mosquito Control Find Missing Woman

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On Saturday, April 9, 2017 the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, with help from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Search and Rescue (SAR) Team, found a missing person. 

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The  CEMA SAR team deployed five Ground Search and Rescue Team members to the scene: Linda VanHeulen, Art Peltier, Anthony Pertillo, Kathy Gideon and Colin Elgood. In addition, three dog handlers responded in a partnership with the CEMA SAR Team: Sonia Geiss, Marie Dotson and Charra Sweeney-Reeves. SCMPD and CEMA also coordinated with Scott Yackel, Acting Chatham County Mosquito Control Director to search for the missing individual. 

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The CEMA SAR Team was able to practice their search techniques, their dog handling techniques and had the opportunity to work with SCMPD in search management. 

SCMPD, CEMA SAR and Mosquito Control were able to successfully locate the missing person after carefully analyzing the point last seen, determining a likely path of travel and excellent search skills. 


Congratulations to all involved for their collaboration, coordination and hard work!

Interested in knowing how you get become involved with the CEMA SAR Team? Email Chelsea Sawyer or call 912-201-4500

Last Updated: April 14, 2017 3:50 PM

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