Cell phone GPS helps locate woman hiking near Naples

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

A New York City woman who became disoriented while hiking in the Hi-Tor area near Naples was located within an hour Tuesday evening using her cell phone's GPS signal.

According to Sheriff Ron Spike, Yates County Sheriff’s 911 dispatchers received a 911 call from a Ilana Wallaph, 52, of New York City,who was visiting the Finger Lakes and hiking on New York State lands called Hi-Tor in the Town of Italy commonly called Clark's Gulley area, east of Naples. She became disorientated and lost as she attempted to return to her vehicle, and with darkness approaching, she called Yates County 911 for help.

Spike says Yates County 911 dispatch center has a contemporary mapping technology system within the 911 computer aided dispatch system and dispatchers were able to use the GPS signal from her cell phone to plot a latitude and longitude mapping of her location to direct Naples Fire Department personnel, Sheriff's deputies and State Forest Rangers to her location quickly. She was located within one hour by Naples Fire Department volunteers and was able to walk to West Avenue at the base of the gully, where she was treated for minor scratches by Naples Ambulance.

Spike praises the dispatchers and all first responders for the quick location of Ms. Wallaph.