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Silver Alert canceled for Durham man

Posted July 30, 2009 12:26 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2009 9:50 a.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for Justo Santander-Mercado.

The 78-year-old man was last seen Wednesday in the 700 block of West Carver Street. He has returned home safe, police said Thursday.

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.