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Silver Alert canceled for missing Mebane man

Posted June 3, 2008

— A Silver Alert for a missing Mebane man was canceled early Tuesday afternoon.

The alert was issued earlier that day.

Jack Taylor Jr., 77, of 204 Goldfinch Court, was last seen during the morning walking in Wilmington.

Authorities said Taylor was found in the area and was safe.

Mebane police said earlier they considered Taylor endangered, because he has dementia and needs immediate medical attention.

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 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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  • jacksonsmom417 Jun 3, 2008

    I actually spotted this man in Wilmington after seeing the silver alert. I couldn't believe it was actually him, but after speaking with local authorities and the Mebane police they confirmed that it was him and he was safe. People suffering from dementia or early stages of Alzheimer's, can often act normal and it is hard for loved ones to determine when to "take the keys away". I am so glad Mr. Taylor is back with his loved ones tonight. The silver alert worked and I'm sure they will keep a better eye on him now that they have him back.

  • TheAdmiral Jun 3, 2008

    I love how these systems are abused.

  • Glass Half Full Jun 3, 2008

    I can see why folks were confused by the story, the writing is awful. Apparently the man drove from Mebane to Wilmington, was spotted walking, and was located by authorities and determined to be safe. More emphasis seems to be put on defining a Silver Alert than giving pertinent information about the individual being sought. And I have to agree with other posters, if the gentleman in question suffers from dementia it appears to be time to take his license and car away. However, this would require the family to step in and provide care for their elderly relative.

  • NothingBetterToDo Jun 3, 2008


    Maybe he drove to Wilmington from Mebane without a license. You don't have to have a license to drive!! Happens all the time.

  • SomeRandomGuy Jun 3, 2008

    I am confused by this story. They issued the silver alert and thought he was DRIVING to Florida and suffers from dementia? First, why does someone with dementia have a license? Second, the first story said he was last seen in Mebane and now they find him in Wilmington??


    People need to quit putting out "Silver Alerts" cause some old timer has decided to take a walk to the local store and get a pack of smokes or go have a bowl of soup at Aunt Bee's kitchen. It seems like every other day we have some "Silver" Alert. Grannies need to learn to tex message their silver foxes..