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Silver Alert for Durham man canceled

Posted September 7, 2009

Silver Alert

— Authorities canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Durham man Monday morning.

James Ernest Coley, 55, had been reported missing Friday. He had last been seen Sept. 2 at his residence on North Elizabeth Street.

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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  • OakRapp Sep 14, 2009

    People are going to come to hate the silver/amber alert system in Durham if the police dept. keeps using automated calls in the middle of the night to get the word out. We received the automated call for this alert at 11:15PM, others reported receiving calls well after midnight and none of us live anywhere near where the guy wandered away. While I can understand the need to get the word out about missing people, blanket robocalls in the middle of the night seems likely to result in loss of public support for the program.