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Silver Alert issued for man from Mebane group home

Posted February 20, 2009 1:31 p.m. EST
Updated February 20, 2009 1:36 p.m. EST

Silver Alert

— Authorities issued a Silver Alert Friday for a 36-year-old man who walked away from a group home in Mebane.

Mebane police said Nathan Charles Austin suffers from a cognitive impairment. Austin was last seen at 502 Hawfields Road and said he was going to walk to Greensboro.

Austin was described as a white man standing 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black sweatpants and black-and-white sneakers. He also wore a blue coat.

Anyone with information about Austin should call P. Davis at the Mebane Police Department at 919-563-9031.

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.