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Missing Butner man found hiding in church

Posted June 13, 2012

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— A man missing for more than a week from a state-run facility in Granville County was found hiding in an area church on Wednesday, authorities said.

Family members said they believe Jody Browning, 36, snuck out of his room on June 4 at the Murdoch Center in Butner, which serves people with developmental disabilities.

His disappearance prompted the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons to issue a statewide Silver Alert.

A search dog tracked Browning's scent to a locked closet at the United Methodist Church in Butner, authorities said. Browning emerged from the closet on his own, and other than being tired and hungry, he appeared to be fine, they said.

Authorities said he would be returned to the Murdoch Center after being checked by paramedics.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system quickly notifies the public about missing endangered adults 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.


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  • sophiemom Jun 14, 2012

    I am so glad he is safe.

  • mamak81 Jun 14, 2012

    From my understanding he is autistic...generally very smart people. Little kids trapped in an adults body!! Could've been any reason he left, maybe he just wanted to go see his family and got scared. There's really no way of knowing what was going on inside his mind. I am just SO HAPPY he was founf safe. I know some workers there and they were so worried about him!!! Praise God he was found safe:)

  • BigBrokeBill Jun 14, 2012

    Strange, maybe we all need to head to a church in these times....

  • angryingram Jun 14, 2012

    I would like to know why he ran? No questions? Just return him? Must have been a reason.

  • RNmomX4 Jun 14, 2012

    I'm so glad he is safe!!!

  • RNmomX4 Jun 14, 2012

    It's not a short walk from Murdoch to the Methodist church! How in the world did he get way up there?????

  • lynne0312 Jun 14, 2012

    I'm happy to see this. I saw his pictures posted locally and I was worried about him.

  • lovecary Jun 13, 2012

    Nice to see a happy ending.

  • sthiggs Jun 13, 2012

    I am so happy to hear this man was found. Kudos to the K-9 unit and the wonderful nose of it's k-9. Job well done, job well done.