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Silver Alert canceled for Burlington man

Posted November 12, 2011

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— Burlington police have ended their search for an 81-year-old man suffering from dementia who was last seen leaving his home Saturday morning. 

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Eugene James Waters shortly before 2 p.m. It was canceled at 8 p.m. after Waters was found in Yadkin County.

His family picked him up, police said.

Authorities said Waters left his home, at 906 Kimberly Drive, around 10 a.m. in his light gray 2002 GMC Envoy with N.C. license plate WTZ 7772. When he didn't return, his family called police.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify 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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