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Missing Carthage man in 'immediate need of medical attention'

Posted June 6, 2008

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— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for Joshua Wayne Smith, 20, of Carthage.

Smith is in immediate need of medical attention and is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, authorities said.

He might be walking on the side of a roadway, highway or interstate. Officials were unable to provide a description of his clothing.

Smith left his home at 3044 Farmlife School Road sometime after 10 p.m. Thursday and prior to Friday morning.

He left a note stating that he was going to his grandfather's home in Siler City. However, his grandfather is deceased, authorities said. Smith does have other living relatives living in that area.

“At this time, his direction of travel is unknown but he is on-foot/walking and does not have access to a motor vehicle,” according to the Silver Alert.

Smith is white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information about Smith should call Margaret Blue at the Moore County Sheriff's Office at 910-947-2931.

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  • teacher-mom Jun 6, 2008

    I cannot believe some of these comments. First, unless someone is in a facility there is no way to keep constant control. It is very hard even if they are in a facility. I hope nothing like this happens to someone you care about.

    I hope they find this young man before anything happens to him.

  • jkca Jun 6, 2008

    He lives down the road from us. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

  • ratherbnnc Jun 6, 2008

    why does this happen so much!?!?!? if your relative is mentally or otherwise medically disabled, they need to be under round-the-clock supervision. period! i'm tired of flushing tax money down the tubes and wasting law enforcement's time looking for these people! especially in these small towns where there certainly aren't enough to go around. attention criminals!!! carthage is open for business today!
    wiseowl

    Dont ya just love these chronic complainers?

  • IHave1-2 Jun 6, 2008

    I hope they find him soon. I'm glad we have a system to help find missing, elderly, endangered people. I hope it proves beneficial when the mental hospitals shift around and downsize in the final hospital location. We will see that not everyone can be held under lock and key when there are just not enough beds available anymore. Thanks, Gov.

  • wiseowl Jun 6, 2008

    why does this happen so much!?!?!? if your relative is mentally or otherwise medically disabled, they need to be under round-the-clock supervision. period! i'm tired of flushing tax money down the tubes and wasting law enforcement's time looking for these people! especially in these small towns where there certainly aren't enough to go around. attention criminals!!! carthage is open for business today!

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jun 6, 2008

    I hope they find this person safe!

  • Redd Jun 6, 2008

    I hope they find him safe. God Bless!!

  • onedayatatime Jun 6, 2008

    Here are the criteria for issuance of a Silver Alert:

    Criteria
    ALL of the following statutory criteria must be met before the N.C. Center for Missing Persons will activate a Silver Alert:

    The person is 18 years old or older
    The person is believed to be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment
    The person is believed to be missing – regardless of circumstance
    A legal custodian of the missing person has submitted a missing person's report to the local law enforcement agency where the person went missing
    Law enforcement reports the incident to the NC Center for Missing Persons

  • garden Jun 6, 2008

    No. The alert is also for someone mentally impaired.

  • canes06 Jun 6, 2008

    I thought this was for old people..