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Wayne County authorities cancel search for missing 19-year-old

Posted October 9, 2012

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— Wayne County authorities halted their search late Tuesday morning for a 19-year-old man who is believe to be cognitively impaired. 

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert issued for Artemeus Lee Taylor about four hours after it was issued. 

It wasn't clear if Taylor had been 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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  • Whatever Geez Oct 9, 2012

    they said he has paranoid schizophrenia and was not taking his meds

  • Karma0784 Oct 9, 2012

    Maybe because the reporter didn't furnish a medical report with the medical diagnosis proving the cognitive impairment...therefore the sheriff's department "believes" he is cognitively impaired.

  • paulacapell Oct 9, 2012

    Is it just me or is there way more "cognitively impaired" people in the general population than is realized???? Just an observation. And what qualifies one as "cognitively impaired"?

  • bristle Oct 9, 2012

    Wonder why they euphemize things here. It is KNOWN if he is "cognitively impaired" or not. Whoever reported this KNOWS. It would be very obvious. So why does the media say he is "believed" to be "....impaired." It's like they always talk about the "alleged" perp when there are 50 eyewitnesses and video...yet it is only "alleged." What a crock the media is!