Gilbert Gene Finch, 74, believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was last seen Wednesday at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Starship Lane in Wilson.
Finch was discovered by a Wilson police officer at 7:20 p.m. less than a mile from his home. He was dehydrated and fatigued.
Finch was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
It allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.