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Authorities cancel Silver Alert for Louisburg man

Posted September 22, 2012 7:41 a.m. EDT
Updated September 22, 2012 11:00 a.m. EDT

— Louisburg authorities suspended their search Saturday for a 71-year-old man who is believed to be cognitively impaired. 

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert issued for Robert Lionel Jones around 10:59 a.m., about nine hours after it was issued. 

It wasn't clear whether Jones had been found safe or why the alert was canceled. 

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify 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.