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Silver Alert canceled for Benson man

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Wednesday for Mark O'Neal, 57, of Benson. The center issued the alert at about 11:30 a.m. and canceled it an hour later.

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BENSON, N.C. — The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Wednesday for Mark O'Neal, 57, of Benson. The center issued the alert at about 11:30 a.m. and canceled it an hour later.

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.

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