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Raleigh pair found safe after Silver Alerts

Posted June 19, 2011 3:39 p.m. EDT
Updated June 19, 2011 8:57 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled Silver Alerts for a Raleigh man and woman Sunday night after they were found safe at a home in Knightdale. 

Police said Melody Anastasia Debernardo, 45, and Hubert James Bell, 46, went missing from 2348 Lazy River Drive Sunday afternoon. They are both believed to suffer from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. 

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.