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Silver Alert canceled for missing Roanoke Rapids woman

Posted September 28, 2008 4:42 p.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2008 6:21 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Roanoke Rapids woman.

Gwendolyn Richardson Lynch, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, walked away from the Halifax Regional Medical Center on Saturday, authorities said.

She was found Sunday unharmed.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system 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.