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Silver Alert canceled for Durham man, 71

Posted April 18, 2012 10:54 p.m. EDT
Updated April 19, 2012 3:02 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons on Thursday canceled a Silver Alert issued Wednesday night for James Odis Sowell Sr., 71, of Durham.

Sowell was found safe, police said. They provided no other information.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system quickly notifies 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.