Cell phone triangulation helps police find missing man - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Cell phone triangulation helps police find missing man

Leon Harrison (Source: Columbia Police Department) Leon Harrison (Source: Columbia Police Department)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Columbia Police Department says cell phone triangulation helped them locate a man who left a Columbia area care facility Saturday night.

Police say they were able to find Leon Harrison Monday afternoon using the triangulation of radio signals.

Harrison, who left a facility in the 800 block of Duke Ave in the Eau Claire area of Columbia on June 29, had apparently suffered a seizure and dropped his cell phone in a wooded area near 709 Sunset Blvd.

Because the phone was on, uniformed police were able to find him alive but in need of medical attention. He was taken to an area hospital where he remains in good condition.

Investigators say he had likely been without crucial medication to control seizures since that evening.

Police say Harrison grew up in the area of 4500 Monticello Ave and moved to California in the mid- 1970s. After suffering a medical crisis that caused some impairment of his memory and weakness of his left arm and leg, he returned to the Columbia area in 2012.

Police say he has a history of walking away from care facilities and wandering until being found.

Copyright 2013 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE: Billy Graham's procession brings the pastor back to Charlotte

    WATCH LIVE: Billy Graham's procession brings the pastor back to Charlotte

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:04 AM EST2018-02-24 16:04:42 GMT
    Billy Graham was widely regarded as America's most prominent Christian leader, pastor to both presidents and everyday Americans. (Source: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)Billy Graham was widely regarded as America's most prominent Christian leader, pastor to both presidents and everyday Americans. (Source: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
    Billy Graham was widely regarded as America's most prominent Christian leader, pastor to both presidents and everyday Americans. (Source: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)Billy Graham was widely regarded as America's most prominent Christian leader, pastor to both presidents and everyday Americans. (Source: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

    A procession is transporting the body of the late Rev. Billy Graham from Asheville, NC back to Charlotte.

    More >>

    A procession is transporting the body of the late Rev. Billy Graham from Asheville, NC back to Charlotte.

    More >>
  • Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

    Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

    Saturday, February 24 2018 9:15 AM EST2018-02-24 14:15:50 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:01 AM EST2018-02-24 16:01:19 GMT
    It didn't take long after Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley. (Source: AP Photos)It didn't take long after Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley. (Source: AP Photos)

    The indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges could have political implications beyond his office.

    More >>

    The indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges could have political implications beyond his office.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Czech star Ledecka secures rare Olympic double

    The Latest: Czech star Ledecka secures rare Olympic double

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:14 PM EST2018-02-24 01:14:57 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:59 AM EST2018-02-24 15:59:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    More >>

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly