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Silver Alert canceled for missing Columbus woman

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Wednesday for a missing woman.

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COLUMBUS, N.C. — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Wednesday for a missing woman.

Joyce Elaine Earley, 78, was last seen in Columbus. Authorities did not say how they found her or what her condition was.

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 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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