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Silver Alert canceled for missing Durham man

Posted January 23, 2013 10:31 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2013 9:33 a.m. EST

Silver Alert

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled a Silver Alert Thursday for a missing Durham man. 

Jerel Walter Thompson, 22, was originally reported missing Wednesday, Durham police said. 

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify 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.