Gallatin County Search and Rescue finds missing dementia patient

BOZEMAN- Gallatin County Search and Rescue and the Gallatin Gateway Fire Department responded to a missing person with dementia Tuesday night.

Authorities say the 64-year-old patient walked away from a fishing lodge on the Gallatin River into the woods.

A searcher and a family member were able to find the missing person safely at about 8 PM Tuesday. The sheriff says it helped that family members immediately called for help when they realized the person was missing.

Sheriff Gootkin noted, “Faster response times usually result in better outcomes, especially if darkness, weather, or other factors make search conditions more difficult.”

You can find resources for living with family members with dementia here.

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