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Silver Alert issued for Apex man, 46

Posted November 20, 2009

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Friday for a missing, endangered Apex man.

Amin Sider, 46, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was last seen at 4733 Pacehaven Lane.

He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has short, black hair and hazel eyes.

Sider was wearing a black turtleneck, black jeans, white and blue sneakers and a camouflage jacket. He could be driving a silver, 2007 Land Rover with N.C. tag 17004112.

The vehicle has chrome rims and temporary registration. His direction of travel was unknown.

Anyone with information should call Detective E.A. Blemgren at the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6800.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system that 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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  • bus driver Nov 20, 2009

    In reference to the driving, you may be amazed at how many alzhemiers patients who are still in the home manage to get their hands on car keys. They have a lucid moment that gets them going, then become disoriented down the road and continue to wander aimlessly.

  • SomeRandomGuy Nov 20, 2009

    "if a person is so mentally impaired that they qualify for a silver alert, why are they allowed to drive?" -dbcooper41

    Agreed! MOST of these alerts have also had vehicle descriptions with them and a possible destination. MOST of these also get cancelled very quickly with NO explanation. The quick issue of these alerts and the quick CANCELLATIONS of them is what is diluting their effectiveness.

  • dbcooper41 Nov 20, 2009

    i think they mean porchhaven lane, not pacehaven.
    nice attention to detail.

    it looks like a vacant lot?

  • dbcooper41 Nov 20, 2009

    i think deb was just making a point.
    does anyone know where 4733 Pacehaven Lane is? it doesn't show up on google maps(i know, not the perfect reference). is it in the apex area?

  • Go Figure Nov 20, 2009

    Deb, where did it say this man has a suspended license? Did I miss something here?

  • dbcooper41 Nov 20, 2009

    deb, i also read them, online. my issue is with the roadside signs. with a wee bit more info they would have some value. otherwise they are just a dangerous distraction while driving.

  • Deb1003 Nov 20, 2009

    Why do people w/ a suspended license drive? Because they can. Access to a vehicle and keys put them on the road. I believe that silver alerts are necessary, just as amber alerts are necessary. Like ncmedic said...if you don't want to be bothered by silver alerts, don't read them. I, for one, as a citizen, read the alerts just in case I see this "lost" person while I'm out.

  • dbcooper41 Nov 20, 2009

    i see the silver alert signs on the highway and think they are a waste and a dangerous distraction to drivers. they have no description or any info except a phone number.
    why not put the license plate number and vehicle description on the sign, assuming a car is involved.
    and i really wonder about this; if a person is so mentally impaired that they qualify for a silver alert, why are they allowed to drive?

  • ncmedic201 Nov 20, 2009

    The point of the Silver alert is to notify the public that a person with a cognitive impairment is missing. I think they should continue to post them on the website. I open every silver alert and look at the picture just in case I see this person while I am out. If you don't like them posting the article then just don't read it.

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 20, 2009

    i think the number of silver alerts we continue to see dilute the effectiveness of the amber alert system.

    i think it's time that silver alerts not be posted here.