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Mother: Missing son 'a child in a man's body'

Posted June 7, 2012

— The mother of a man missing since Tuesday from a state-run facility in Granville County said Thursday that she's anxious for authorities to find him.

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

"He loves people and loves to talk with people and is very friendly (and) outgoing," Eleanor Browning said by phone from her home in Florida. "He's really, I guess, more of a child in a man's body."

Eleanor Browning says she visited her son Memorial Day weekend, and they went to the movies together. She said she worries that he might have tried to hitch a ride with someone.

Authorities have issued a statewide Silver Alert for Jody Browning. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Butner Public Safety at 919-575-6561.

He is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 177 pounds. He has blue eyes and blond hair.

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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  • gabewilliams12 Jun 13, 2012

    praying for his safe return.

  • beach2011 Jun 12, 2012

    Praying he is found safe - heart goes out to the family!!

  • knzsmom Jun 8, 2012

    Praying for Jody! Prayers also to his mother and family who must be beside themselves with worry.

  • not my real name Jun 8, 2012

    Hope he's ok. He looks like a sweetheart of a guy.

  • ufcx3 Jun 8, 2012

    I will pray for this young man to be found safe.

  • glencindy Jun 8, 2012

    Hope he is found safe!!!

  • Scubagirl Jun 8, 2012

    Hoping he is found safe and well, and quickly.

  • writetanisha Jun 8, 2012

    Amen guys, people are just so mean these days, may the Lord protect him, and guide him back safe!

  • nonPC Jun 8, 2012

    I hope he is found safe,but why did his mama have him in a home so far away from her. I would want my child close by, were I could get to him in a hurry if he need me...

    I doubt she had a choice its one o the of the only state facilities...I hope he is safe and doesnt get hurt.

  • CAVELADY2 Jun 8, 2012

    I am with you pebbles....i hope he is found safe but i would rather ne a couple a miles away from my some than a couple of states...confusing