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Silver Alert Issued for Missing Rocky Mount Man

Posted March 16, 2008 7:44 p.m. EDT

— The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for William Henry Wright, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Wright, 59, is an African-American male with gray hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds.

He was last seen at 1650 Cokey Rd. wearing a black jacket with fur on the collar.

Anyone with information about Wright's whereabouts is urged to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411.

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.