Silver Alert issued for Cary teen
Posted September 4, 2012
Cary, N.C. — Authorities were searching Tuesday for a missing 16-year-old Cary girl who is believed to be cognitively impaired.
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Sidney Leeann McEllwee around 3:30 p.m. She was last seen at 201 Chimney Rise Drive and may be headed to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, authorities said.
McEllwee is white, with long brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 110 pounds.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4012.
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.