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Silver Alert for missing Lumberton woman canceled

Posted July 19, 2012 6:56 a.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2012 10:25 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— Authorities canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Lumberton woman Thursday evening.

It wasn't immediately clear if Margaret Britt Simmons, 84, had been found. An alert for her was sent earlier Thursday.

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