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Photo Released of Missing Rocky Mount Man

Posted March 17, 2008 5:50 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— The N.C. Center for Missing Persons released a photo Monday of a missing, endangered man.

A Silver Alert was issued Sunday for William Henry Wright, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Wright, 59, is an African-American male with gray hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds.

Wright left the Heritage Retirement Center at 1650 Cokey Rd. on Saturday in a cab.  He then purchased a ticket to Wilmington from the Rocky Mount bus station, police said.

Anyone with information about Wright's whereabouts is urged to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411.

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.