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Silver Alert Issued for Missing Nash County Man

Posted December 21, 2007

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— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered 77-year old Battleboro man, Donald Lee Melvin.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Melvin, who was last seen wearing a gray, zip-up sweater. He is 5 feet and 11 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds and has gray hair, a beard and gray eyes.

Melvin was last seen at 10838 Red Oak Battleboro Road in Battleboro. He may be traveling in a 2000 Nissan Frontier red truck, state license tag number NWL7934.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office contacted the center to request the alert for Melvin. Melvin is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Anyone with information about Melvin should call the Nash County Sheriff’s Department at 252-459-4121.

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  • ladyblue Dec 22, 2007

    That's nice to have a silver alert also. I hope they have found him and he will be just confused. It's rough on these seniors folks should check behind their parents because they like to ask like independent stubborn things. At least that is what my son tells me

  • Skywatch_NC Dec 21, 2007

    Prayers and thoughts that Mr. Melvin will be found safe and returned home with his loved ones soon.

  • Eduardo1 Dec 21, 2007

    catch22 WHAT IS YOUR STORY? AS OFTEN AS IT IS NECESSARY, WE SHOULD HAVE THESE ALERTS. YOU SEEM TO BE TICKED FOR SOME REASON. BTW, HOW MANY OF THESE ALERTS HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE PAST WEEK, MONTH, YEAR? ESPECIALLY IN THIS COLD WEATHER, YOU SHOULD BE PRAYING FOR A SPPEDY AND SAFE RETURN

  • catch22 Dec 21, 2007

    how many silver alerts are they going to be before we start ignoring them?? not to say this one is wrong but it is the same concept as parental kidnappings. If there is to many we will stop paying attention.

  • 1Moms_View Dec 21, 2007

    Beachbum, it didn't actually say he was driving, just that he could be in that vehicle. Could be him or could be someone else driving.

    Whatever the case, I'm glad they used the Silver Alert and I hope they find him safe quickly.

    I've been involved in searches for missing people with cognitive deficits several times and it's a scary situation knowing the longer it takes, the longer they're at risk. One of the last ones I was involved with, an 80+yo woman with Alzheimer's who'd wandered away from a facility in late December wearing no coat. She was found several hours later where she'd fallen down an embankment and was hidden in tall grass. A retired LEO located her very cold and weak, but relatively uninjured.

  • dogsrule12cheek Dec 21, 2007

    I hope they find him soon I hate to hear news like this.

    Praying for a safe return.

  • cuteboyd Dec 21, 2007

    I'm sorry to hear about this missing man. I hope they find him with the help of the "Silver Alert".

  • Living and Loving in NC Dec 21, 2007

    I'm very happy to see this Silver Alert system being used. I am sure that this will have a great impact on helping people where the help is often most needed.

  • sunflowerbubbles Dec 21, 2007

    Hope for a safe return!

  • beachbum1 Dec 21, 2007

    Why is this poor man driving?