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Missing Fayetteville man found

Posted August 16, 2011 4:56 p.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2011 9:25 a.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— Authorities have found a missing 83-year-old man who had last been seen at an extended-stay hotel in Fayetteville, police said early Wednesday.

Ernest Looney Jr. was found at the Fayetteville bus station, police said. He was OK.

Looney had last been seen at the Value Place, 770 W. Rowan St., and a Silver Alert for him was issued Tuesday afternoon.

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.