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Silver Alert canceled for Durham man

Posted January 26, 2011 10:04 a.m. EST
Updated January 26, 2011 5:11 p.m. EST

Silver Alert

— Authorities on Wednesday afternoon canceled a Silver Alert for a 74-year-old Durham man. 

The alert was issued Wednesday morning for James Russell Jr. after he failed to return to his group home after leaving Durham Regional Hospital on Tuesday night. 

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.