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Missing Fayetteville woman found safe

Posted August 31, 2012 11:01 p.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2012 8:33 a.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— A missing woman last seen at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was found safe at a Fayetteville restaurant Saturday morning, police said.

Rebecca Gay Butler, 40, was reported missing from the hospital Friday night, and a Silver Alert for her was issued. Diners recognized her around 7:30 a.m. Saturday in a restaurant at 2319 Gillespie St., about 2½ miles from the hospital.

Police said that Butler was safe and unharmed.

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.