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Fayetteville police looking for missing 15-year-old

Posted June 18, 2013

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— Fayetteville police were searching Tuesday afternoon for a missing 15-year-old who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. 

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Deon Hines about 11:45 a.m. after he went missing from a home in the 300 block of Alexander Street. 

Hines stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has short, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray and black shirt, black pants and black shoes. 

It wasn't clear where Hines could be headed. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1851.


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  • Common_Sensey Jun 18, 2013

    It seems that WRAL often doesn't relate the race/color etc of bank robbers, criminals, etc in their stories. Other news outlets have the info, why doesn't WRAL post it?

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 18, 2013

    Have to agree with the others on here, description don't help a whole lot. Hope he's found safe.

  • Rolling Along Jun 18, 2013

    FWIW the FayObserver has a better description... he is black. Whats the matter WRAL don't want to offend anybody? :P

  • Rolling Along Jun 18, 2013

    I was just in WM... probably saw 45 people that matched this excellent description! (yes that is sarcasm) If they really want help; post a picture or at least give a fully accurate description!

  • djofraleigh Jun 18, 2013

    Hope this young man is found, but is the purpose of this alert to seek public assistance? They have no Picture, give no race. I'm going to GUESS this is a young black kid dressed in black head to toe. Such a notice is only going to get help from those of us who know him by name.

    While I'm not going to stop reading these alerts, it is clear that this one has a small audience. The NC Dept. of Public Safety doesn't keep their website up to date on who's been missing and who's been found. I support the alerts but not the current way they are managed. People are going to stop reading them.

  • dirkdiggler Jun 18, 2013

    A pic would be helpful. Also race. Are we looking for a white kid with short black hair? Black kid? How can we be expected to help if we can't even draw a rational conclusion of the identity of this missing child?

  • kellypsnll Jun 18, 2013

    That description is rather vague. How about race?