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Alzheimer's Patient Found Safe

The elderly Alzheimer’s patient reported missing at around 2:30 Friday afternoon was found safe.

Robert Tutt, 75, was found at the Department of Social Services on East Main Street just before 4 p.m. He was taken to the police station to be reunited with his family.

Officers say Tutt’s wife reported his disappearance at the Batavia Police station after he left the vehicle at Main and Jackson Streets and she lost sight of him. Officers were all over the City of Batavia looking for the missing man, going door to door on some city streets.

“It’s critical,” Det. Sgt. Pat Corona said. “It’s not like your typical missing person. It’s a situation where you have to bring in all your resources and find them as quickly as you can because history has shown that very quickly they get into a situation where they’re in distress.”

Corona says it’s also difficult to find missing persons with Alzheimer’s because they typically won’t respond to calling their name and will try to hide themselves. In fact, crews were told to search in bushes and shrubs in the City of Batavia.

Corona explains how Tutt may have ended up at DSS.

“It seems to me it would be a logical place if someone had contact with a disoriented person,” Corona said. “That might be where they would bring that person to. But we won’t know and (Tutt) can’t help us.”

Tutt was equipped with a tracking device on his ankle like many Alzheimer’s patients. From prior training, Corona immediately knew what to do in a time-sensitive situation.

“I learned about these tracking devices,” Corona said, “and I learned that the VA police here locally have a receiving device that they use for their campus. I got ahold of Lt. (David) Morales and he indicated that if we have the frequency for (Tutt’s) device, they could program that into the tracking device, they could use it to assist us.”

“As we get closer to the frequency, the limitations of this device (appear),” Lt. David Morales of VA police said as he utilized the equipment. “Anything over two miles we’re not going to get a signal. Basically, we have to just go through the process of elimination as far as walking in all four directions until we can detect a signal.”

The device was used for several blocks in the City of Batavia before Tutt was found at DSS. Although it wasn’t directly attributable to finding Tutt, officers say it was a fortunate day that they were prepared and trained for.

Batavia Trooper William Keane Dies

Tragic news from New York State Police.

Trooper William P. Keane of Troop A-Batavia passed away today while attending a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 56 years old.

Trooper Keane spent his 26-year career in Troop A, first assigned to Fredonia. He had been a member of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) since 1995.  

Prior to entering the Division of State Police, Trooper Keane served in the United States Navy for four years. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his seven children and his five grandchildren.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Le Roy

A fatal motorcycle accident in Le Roy.

Joshua Lowery of Brockport was killed on North Rd. near Conlon Road in LeRoy shortly after 6:30 this morning. He was 26.

Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble says a small Smart car and a 1998 Suzuki motorcycle were heading westbound.

“The driver of the small car wanted to turn around and go back the other direction,” he said. “It looks like they slowed, pulled off to the right some with the motorcycle coming up behind them. It looks like (Lowery) saw the small car pulling to the right and swung out to go around the vehicle. The small vehicle didn’t see the motorcycle coming, did a U-turn and a collision took place somewhere in the center lane or some in the eastbound lane.”

Dibble said based on the road markings, that’s when Lowery slid into the side of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Smart Car was operated by 55-year-old Jeffrey Simek of New Smyrna, Florida – the only occupant.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


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