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Durham man, 66, subject of Silver Alert

Posted March 14, 2012 1:32 p.m. EDT
Updated March 14, 2012 1:33 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— Durham police are searching for a 66-year-old cognitively impaired man who was last seen at a home on Fidelity Drive.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Wednesday afternoon for Charles Bernard Johnson.

Johnson is black, with short, salt-and-pepper hair and brown eyes, stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He was wearing eyeglasses and a fanny pack when he went missing, authorities said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 919-560-4440.

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.