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Two missing, subject of Silver Alerts

Posted September 7, 2009 5:12 p.m. EDT
Updated September 7, 2009 8:41 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

Authorities in three central North Carolina communities spent the Labor Day holiday on the search for missing people. There were active Silver Alerts Monday in Cary, Angier and Castalia.

The Silver Alert system allows for statewide alerts for missing adults. The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issues a Silver Alert after a local law enforcement agency ascertains that the missing person meets one of the following criteria:

  • The person is believed to be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment,  regardless of age.
  • The person is believed to be missing, regardless of circumstance.
  • A legal custodian of the missing person has submitted a missing person report to the local law enforcement agency where the person went missing.
  • Law enforcement reports the incident to the N.C. Center for Missing Persons.

The disappearance of Annie Langley, 62, was the second incident in a year at Primrose Villa Retirement Community, 431 Junny Road in Angier. Primrose came under scrutiny in February after resident Carrie C. Evans wandered away, was the subject of a Silver Alert and was later found dead.

Evans fell into a ravine a few blocks from the retirement home, and she died of a severe head injury, according to an autopsy report. Police said there was no evidence of foul play.

A subsequent state inspection at Primrose found only one violation, which was unrelated to patient care. The facility was fined $2,000 in April for allowing residents to smoke in their rooms.

Langley, described as a black woman, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 240 pounds with brown eyes and short, silver hair, was reported missing Monday morning.

In Castalia, the family of Roger Wade Ayscue said he has not been seen at his home for six weeks, but they did not report him missing until the end of August. Franklin County authorities asked for the Silver Alert Friday. Ayscue, 40, is a white man with blond hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds.

More than 100 people joined the search for the man they call “Kojack” Monday. They handed out fliers with his picture and combed an area along the border of Nash and Franklin counties.

“I still have hope, but I got a bad feeling,” his mother, Linnie Anderson, said.

In both cases, anyone with information about the missing is asked to call local law enforcement.

Earlier Monday, Cary police posted a Silver Alert for Fred Holton Black. Black, 73, was a guest at The Residence Inn by Marriott, 2020 Hospitality Court. Police lifted the alert just after 8 p.m., saying he was found unharmed.

Through May 29, there had been 100 Silver Alerts issued statewide this year. Of those, 98 people were found safely; two died. A Raleigh woman, Linda Stubbs Bishop, 61, of 5708 Setter Circle, the subject of an April 19 alert, was found dead in her vehicle. Police said there were no signs that her death was a homicide.