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Durham woman found five days after Silver Alert

Posted May 16, 2012 8:33 p.m. EDT
Updated May 16, 2012 9:26 p.m. EDT

— Authorities canceled a Silver Alert Wednesday for a 63-year-old woman who went missing last week in downtown Durham.

Nancy Evans Thorpe, who is believed to have dementia or another cognitive impairment, has been found safe, police said. 

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Thorpe Friday morning after she was last seen at 510 E. Lakewood Ave.

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.