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Silver Alert canceled for Chapel Hill man

Posted January 29, 2012

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— A Silver Alert issued last week for a Chapel Hill man was canceled Sunday, according to the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons.

Ricky Vinson Vanhook was reported missing Jan. 21. Police did not say why the alert was canceled or whether Vanhook had been found.

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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