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Missing Nash County Man Found Dead

Posted December 22, 2007

— Authorities canceled a Silver Alert for an elderly Nash County man after he was found dead from natural causes on Saturday morning.

The body of  Donald Lee Melvin, 77, of Battleboro, was found about a quarter mile from his house, officials said. Melvin had parked his truck on a path and was found approximately 75 feet away.

Officials said Melvin died of natural causes, and there was no indication of foul play.

On Friday afternoon, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued an alert for Melvin. Officials said they believed he suffered from dementia or another cognitive impairment.

Melvin's case was the first time North Carolina used its Silver Alert program, which was launched on Monday. Silver Alerts are issued to help find missing adults with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other cognitive impairments.


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  • floyd_lawson Dec 22, 2007

    I hoping this person found his way to where he wanted to spend his last breath, even if it was only in his mind. I hope he was at peace. I'm not really sure how there can be so much anger on an obituary type article.

  • angora2 Dec 22, 2007

    "kevboom, you sound like one of those "caring" liberals we are always told about"

    Huh? How did you link his/her post to liberals fl2nc2ca2md2nc? Read the post again and examine your logic, or lack thereof.

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 22, 2007

    First, my thoughts and prayers for the family of this man. I had been hoping for a good outcome, but such was not to be.

    With technology that we have for tracking cell phone locations, lost hunting dogs, putting id chips in our pets and such, I would like to see bands with gps chips in them for the elderly, or young, or people with dementia and the like so that when they are lost they could be easily found.

    The band could be designed to be both withstanding to water and perspiration, and not easily removed as gps and other computer chips are now so small you can hardly see some of them! If it was a family member I cared dearly for, I would not even be opposed to a small medical procedure to put the chip under the skin and it be permanent! There has got to be a way to get the kind of technology working in a tracking device. We just lost an elderly gentleman in another part of NC last week this same way and they found his body over two weeks or more after reported missing.

  • 1Moms_View Dec 22, 2007

    kevboom, considering this was the first Silver Alert issued in our state, the rate on locating the person is 100% and 0% for locating alive. If you read the article, it wouldn't take much to figure out. Besides that, with the ease a person can be transported away from the local area, issueing statewide alerts is more than reasonable. They do give names of the missing as well as identificable info or the person suspected to be with them or having abducted them. If it was my child or parent missing, I wouldn't care how little info was release in the beginning to get a search started. I would just be grateful someone was trying.

    My thoughts and prayers for the family of this man. I hoped he'd be found alive.

  • GingerTea Dec 22, 2007

    i'm so sorry to read this...poor man. my prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  • colliedave Dec 22, 2007

    The death of a family member hits hard; the fact the death occurred during the holiday season only magnifies the hurt.

  • eksodystech1 Dec 22, 2007

    My prayers go out to the family.

  • All child molesters should die Dec 22, 2007

    I was hoping this man would be found safe & sound. I'm so sorry to hear this.

  • dogsrule12cheek Dec 22, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • koolady Dec 22, 2007

    Such a sad ending to the story. My prayers go out to the family.