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Silver Alert canceled for Smithfield man

Posted January 14, 2012 11:43 p.m. EST
Updated January 15, 2012 8:13 a.m. EST

Silver Alert

— Authorities on Sunday morning canceled a Silver Alert issued a day earlier for a 57-year-old Smithfield man.

John Alan Hutzell was found safe at WakeMed, authorities 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.