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Missing Durham boy found safe following Silver Alert

Posted September 20, 2012

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— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons on Thursday canceled a Silver Alert for an 11-year-old Durham boy who went missing from a home on Cloverdale Drive late Wednesday. 

Durham police requested the Silver Alert for Justin Eatmon around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Aisha Howard, the principal at Oak Grove Elementary School on N.C. Highway 98, said Justin rode the bus to school Thursday morning and arrived at the school's cafeteria for breakfast at the normal time. 

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify the public about missing endangered adults and children 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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  • Squirreling Dervish Sep 20, 2012

    Amber Alerts are for kidnappings/custodial interference...

    Silver Alerts are for people ( no matter the age) with cognitive impairments.

    In this case, the young man, as indicated, has a cognitive impairment, thus, a Silver Alert was issued.

  • Squirreling Dervish Sep 20, 2012

    Thank Odin!

  • piene2 Sep 20, 2012

    "our prayers have been answered, believe in our GOD, he is real and we need him and his direction more than ever right now. GOD BLESS TO ALL!!

    Please specify which god. There are a lot of them.

  • Coolbreeze Sep 20, 2012

    Glad he was found!

  • kimsstressed Sep 20, 2012

    chrissara1011 VERY helpful comment... some parents may not know that option is available! It's a GREAT idea... SO THANKFUL he has been found alive and well!!

  • admyank Sep 20, 2012

    Silver Alert? I would have been looking for an old man.

    If it were AMBER alert, I would have been looking for a Boy.

  • romneycare Sep 20, 2012

    weird... he was reported as 11 year old MAN this morning... now it's a boy! Yay he was found!!!

  • dirkdiggler Sep 20, 2012

    janettedder97, i know what you mean. as she gets older, it will get easier to let her go and not be so paranoid. i've never stopped being amazed at what my son can accomplish, despite what my oversensitive 'mom of an autistic child' mind tells me to worry about. regarding id, check this out: http://www.thegoodstuffguide.com/bright-idea-phone-number-bracelet/ I've seen similar bracelets customized with charms that specify things like 'nonverbal', 'i have autism', etc.

  • Obamacare has risen Sep 20, 2012

    So happy for him.

  • chrissara1011 Sep 20, 2012

    This is exactly why I have my daughter involved with project lifesaver in Orange County...The Sherrif dept provides tracking devises that they attach to you childs ankle or wrist and you bring them in every 2 months to get the battery changed...it is free of charge and available to parents with children that have disabled children that are prone to wander off...If they do then they take your frequency number and track you child..and if other states or counties you visit participate in the program and your child wanders while there they can also use your frequency to locate your child..My daughter is a non verbal autistic girl with cp and epilepsy and I am greatful to OCS for providing a safety net in the event she was to wander off from home or school