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Silver Alert for Fayetteville man canceled

Posted February 22, 2010 5:30 a.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2010 8:40 a.m. EST

Silver Alert

— Authorities have canceled a Silver Alert issued Monday morning for a missing Fayetteville man who is believed to suffer from a cognitive impairment.

Fayetteville police canceled the alert for Earl Michael Harrington, 54, around 8:15 a.m., about three hours after it was issued.

It wasn't clear if he had been found.

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.