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      Project Lifesaver touted after missing man found dead

      The death of a missing Horry County man who most likely wandered off after having a seizure prompted law enforcement to tout Project Lifesaver.

      Bruce Cretara, 51, of Horry County was found dead in some woods near his house off Pee Dee Highway around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

      His family tells NewsChannel 15 Cretara had a long history of seizures and would become disoriented. Police and his family think he probably had an episode Tuesday morning and wandered behind his house.

      Police officers and the county's director of Project Lifesaver feel had Mr. Cretara been on electronic monitoring, he would possibly still be alive.

      Project Lifesaver is a non-profit organization where patients, usually with Alzheimer's or autism, are placed under monitoring. A bracelet is put on the patient, and should they wander off, police can more effectively track them to their location.

      While usually reserved for Alzeimer's and autism patients, the project's director, Gordon Harris, says anyone who has a disease that would make them disoriented could qualify.

      There is a waiting list right now, as Harris says funds are low, but families can purchase bracelets for about $300.

      For more information, contact Horry County Project Lifesaver at (843) 915 - 8440 or click on the link below.