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Smithfield man reported missing

Posted October 21, 2012

Silver Alert

— Authorities were searching for a Smithfield man with a cognitive impairment who was reported missing late Sunday.

Lawrence Leon Parrish, 74, was last seen at 104 Phillips St. He is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has green eyes and is balding, with short, white hair.

He was last seen wearing a gray "Members Only" jacket and blue jeans.

Police believe Parrish might be headed to 101 Second St. in Grottoes, Virginia. He is driving a champagne 2007 Chevrolet Silverado with Virginia license plate KET4921.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Smithfield police at 919-934-2121.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert systems quickly notifies the public about missing, endangered adults who have cognitive impairments. 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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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 22, 2012

    a cognitive impairment

    When certain people have this cognitive impairment,they certainly should be watched more closely. I pray that they find him very soon and I do hope he will be fine.

  • robbyh Oct 22, 2012

    Sounds like he is headed back home.

  • Preebok Oct 22, 2012

    What scares me is that most of the people missing with cognitive impairment are driving around us!