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Silver Alert canceled for Oxford man

Posted February 13, 2011 7:33 p.m. EST
Updated February 13, 2011 9:06 p.m. EST

Silver Alert

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Sunday evening for an Oxford man who wandered away from a florist's shop.

James Taylor Morton, 80, was found safe, authorities said. The alert was issued around 7:20 p.m.

Developed in 2007, the 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.