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Silver Alert canceled for missing Sampson County man

Posted January 4, 2010 8:51 p.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2010 7:16 a.m. EST

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert early Tuesday after a missing Sampson County man was found safe in Wilmington.

Jerome Scotchskee Hardy, 25, went missing from the Juniper Springs Center, 153 Springs Lane in Ivanhoe.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system that quickly notifies 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.