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Silver Alert canceled for Wilson man

Posted July 16, 2008 6:28 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2008 8:42 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Wilson man.

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.

Developed in 2007, the Silver Alert system quickly notifies the public about missing endangered adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.

It allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.