Timberlake, N.C. — A Timberlake couple that was reported missing early Sunday have returned home safely, according to the Person County Sheriff's Office.
A Silver Alert was issued for Leola Baker Lowe, 84, and her husband, Donnie Dean Lowe, 83, shortly after 1 a.m. Authorities said the couple left their home and were last seen driving on N.C. Highway 49.
It wasn't clear how long they were gone before returning home.
Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system quickly notifies the public about missing endangered people who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.
It also allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.