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Silver Alert canceled for Wilson man

Posted September 12, 2010 6:49 p.m. EDT
Updated September 13, 2010 12:01 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Wilson man.

Willie Joe York, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was reported missing Sunday from 1901 Lipscomb Road.

He was found safe a few hours later, police said.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system that quickly notifies 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.