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Missing Raleigh man found dead

Posted March 1, 2010 3:10 p.m. EST
Updated March 1, 2010 7:07 p.m. EST

— A body found Monday morning in a field in south Raleigh is that of a man who was the subject of a Silver Alert.

Raleigh police identified the body, found near the intersection of Old Stage Road and U.S. Highway 401, as that of Gerald Lee Mitchell Jr., 57.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued the Silver Alert Jan. 21 after his family had not seen him since Jan. 19.

Although police do not suspect foul play in Mitchell's death, his body will undergo an autopsy to determine a cause of death, police said.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify 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.

As of Monday afternoon, there were four active Silver Alerts in the state, according to the Center for Missing Persons Web site.

There were 239 alerts issued in 2009. So far this year, there have been 30.

Sgt. Steve Greene, spokesman for the Center for Missing Persons, said thanks to the alert, most of those missing are found alive.

"Our success rate has been high," he said. "When we put a Silver Alert out, the public has been responding."