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Silver Alert canceled for Sampson County man

Posted June 30, 2008 5:02 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2008 11:26 p.m. EDT

— The N.C. Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Monday evening for Herman Ashford Jr.

Ashford, 77, was reported missing after being last seen in the area of 310 Eldon Thornton Road in Sampson County. He was later found safe, police said.

Developed in 2007, 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.