BOCA RATON, Fla. – A Boca Raton mom and activist has created TRAX24, a GPS tracking device. The potentially life-saving invention is the result of a life-shattering case.
In December 2007, Nancy Bochicchio and her 7-year-old daughter, Joey, went shopping for the holidays. But when they left Boca's Town Center Mall, police believe they were carjacked, forced to withdraw cash from an ATM, and then handcuffed and shot to death. Those murders are currently unsolved.
The case gripped South Florida.
Boca Raton resident, Michele McCauly, noticed striking similarities in their stories.
"She was made to go to the bank of america. That's my bank. She had a black car. I had a black car. It could have been me and the five kids."
Today, McCauly believes that a push of a button could have been the difference between life and death for the Bochicchios. She created TRAX24, a personal safety device that constantly tracks your GPS location. In the event of an emergency, pressing a button on the device notifies a central call station.
"Chances are we could have changed the outcome of the crime because she was at the bank for four or five minutes trying to recall her number to withdraw money. It would've been great if she could have pushed the button and the Palm Beach Sheriff's could have gotten there."
TRAX24 can do nothing to bring back Nancy and Joey, but McCauly's hope is that it will stop that kind of terror from happening to you.
"Unfortunately the technology wasn't there five years ago but hopefully we can make a difference when someone is being abducted or being raped."
For more information on TRAX24, including where and how to buy the device, click here.