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Reverse 9-1-1 system credited in helping locate missing Chandler woman

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After a Chandler woman was reported missing police put out a reverse 9-1-1 call, new technology the department used for the very first time. One family who got the call jumped in to help in the search.

Chandler Police officers are calling a 10-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother heroes Saturday. It was their initiative to want to help a stranger that eventually led them to a missing 84-year-old woman.

The kids were home with their dad when they heard the reverse 9-1-1 message on their answering machine.

84-year-old Joann Pelecchia was reported missing after she walked out of a Fry's Grocery Store in Chandler where she was shopping with her husband.

Joann has dementia and has wandered off before. The kids didn't hesitate after hearing the alert they sprung right into action and their dad took them on their adventure.

The family found the woman walking in a neighborhood a few miles away from the grocery store.

Joann Pelecchica was not injured and because of the two kids she returned home safely. Her son met with the good samaritans this afternoon to thank them personally for their heroic efforts.

Police say this is an example of how succesful the reverse 9-1-1 system can be. They use the system to send automated messages to specific neighborhoods when someone goes missing or there is an emergency.

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