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Silver Alert issued for 68-year-old Fayetteville woman

Posted April 13, 2012 6:42 a.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— Fayetteville police are searching for a 68-year-old cognitively impaired woman who was last seen at a home on Haverhill Drive. 

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Friday morning for Hazel Marie Puaatuua. 

Puaatuua is white, with medium-length white hair and blue eyes. She stands about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weight about 220 pounds. She was wearing a pale green trench coat and purple sweatpants when she went missing. 

Puaatuua, who goes by the nickname "Sue," wears glasses and has a mole on her chin. She may have also been carrying a brown purse. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1802.

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.