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Silver Alert canceled for Fayetteville man

Posted August 18, 2012

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— Fayetteville police suspended their search Saturday for 74-year-old Othelia Johnson, who suffers from dementia.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Johnson around 4:30 a.m. It was canceled less than five hours later.

It wasn't clear whether Johnson was found safe.

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 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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