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Silver Alert issued for Wake County man

Posted October 11, 2010

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— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert late Monday for a missing Wake County man.

Joe Ronnie Clifton, 54, is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Clifton is described as a white man, 5-foot-10 and 240 pounds. He has short, gray hair and green eyes.

He was last seen on Auburn Estates Road in Raleigh. He was wearing a burgundy sleeveless shirt, a burgundy hooded jacket, blue jeans and work-style leather boots.

Authorities believe he might be headed to a Walmart in Garner or Clayton.

Clifton is traveling in a black 2009 Chevrolet Colbat with North Carolina tag number ZTP5312.

Anyone with information about Clifton's whereabouts should call the Wake County Sheriff's Department at 919-856-6911.

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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  • DbzHugz Oct 13, 2010

    Has anyone seen any updates?

  • SomeRandomGuy Oct 12, 2010

    "It might be typical for him to say hes going somewhere and then get lost along the way."

    Again, if that's the case, WHY does he have a vehicle and a license?

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Oct 12, 2010

    Random: I'd imagine because when he left the home, he said he was going to walmart, but nobody's heard from him since. It might be typical for him to say hes going somewhere and then get lost along the way. Kind of hard to determine because they dont give a lot of background info.

    Or maybe he has an obsession with walmart and has been known to take off and head there? They don't really give a lot of information to solve for X. They do, however, give enough information to help the general public in spotting him.

  • SomeRandomGuy Oct 12, 2010

    OK Rev, your answer seemed more or less to address the second question-what about the first question??

  • Adelinthe Oct 12, 2010

    SomeRandomGuy - "How does somebody going to Walmart qualify for a silver alert? And this is yet another person with a "cognitive" impairment that has both a vehicle AND a driver's license??"

    Because cognitive impairment occurs in varying degrees, from very minor to major.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 12, 2010

    "2009 Chevrolet Colbat"

    What's a Colbat???

    Praying they find him.

    God bless.

    RB

  • SomeRandomGuy Oct 12, 2010

    How does somebody going to Walmart qualify for a silver alert? And this is yet another person with a "cognitive" impairment that has both a vehicle AND a driver's license??