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Wayne County authorities cancel search for missing 19-year-old

Posted October 9, 2012 8:32 a.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2012 11:20 a.m. EDT

— Wayne County authorities halted their search late Tuesday morning for a 19-year-old man who is believe to be cognitively impaired. 

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert issued for Artemeus Lee Taylor about four hours after it was issued. 

It wasn't clear if Taylor had been found safe.

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.