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Silver Alert canceled for missing Johnston County teen

Posted August 14, 2008 8:14 p.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2008 10:04 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Clayton teen.

Javier Hernan Zavala, 15, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was reported missing Thursday evening from the South Lombard Street area.

Zavala was found safe a few hours later.

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.