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Silver Alerts issued for pair missing from Robeson group home

Posted August 19, 2012

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— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued Silver Alerts Sunday after two people went missing from an assisted living facility in Robeson County.

Leslie Gwyn Covington, 37, and Thomas Ronald Guarnieri, 48, are believed to be traveling together. Both suffer from cognitive impairments.

They were reported missing from Dial's Family Care Home, at 1685 Canal Road, in Rowland.

Covington is a white woman, with blonde hair and green eyes, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white Old Navy hat, blue jeans and glasses.

She is bipolar and diabetic, authorities said.

Guarnieri is a white man, with brown hair and brown eyes, 6 feet tall and about 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes and glasses.

He is schizophrenic, bipolar and diabetic, authorities said.

Anyone with information on the pair's whereabouts is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at 910-671-3170.

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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