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Silver Alert issued for Durham man who left hospital

Posted June 7, 2011 8:08 p.m. EDT
Updated June 7, 2011 9:05 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— Authorities are searching for a Durham man, who is believed to be cognitively impaired, who went missing from a local hospital, according to the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons.

A Silver Alert was issued Tuesday around 8 p.m. for Richard Cornell Davis, 47. He was last seen at Durham Regional Hospital.

Davis is black, has short black hair and brown eyes, stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 230 pounds. Davis was wearing a zip-up brown sweatshirt and pants with black stripes and blue tennis shoes.

Authorities said he might have been heading to the Durham Area Transit Authority bus terminal on Pettigrew Street.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440.

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.