Jeffco deputies use cell phone to locate missing man

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department showed some technological know-how when they used a missing man's cell phone to locate him.

The Sheriff's Department says that a caller contacted them to report her husband, 66-year-old Isrell Brown, as missing. She noted that Isrell is a diabetic and has one leg. A deputy was able to contact Brown on his cell phone. He told the deputy he did not know where he was, but he knew he was near a ball field.

Deputies checked all surrounding baseball fields and did not find Brown. At this point, deputies feared that Brown was having a diabetic episode that was causing him to be confused.

By tracking the victim's wireless phone, deputies were led to an area in the 4000 block of Felix Avenue SW in Birmingham where they still could not locate him in plain sight. Deputies using Google Earth noticed that there was a nearby wooded area and directed those on the scene to search it.

Brown was found about sixty yards off the roadway, over an embankment and in heavy brush. He was trapped beside his truck in some trees.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue was able to free him and transport him to Brookwood Hospital.

Randy Christian with the Sheriff's office says that the victim could not be seen from the roadway and he probably would not have survived the next day.

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