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Silver Alert issued for Mount Airy woman

Posted July 7, 2008 7:35 p.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— Authorities issued a Silver Alert on Monday evening for a missing Mount Airy woman they believe may be endangered.

Hope Lynne Widener, 21, of 424 Old Toast Road, might be headed to Staten Island in New York City.

Widener was described as a white woman, standing 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. She has shoulder-length blonde hair and brown eyes.

A picture of Widener was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about Widener should call Detective John Hawks, with the Surry County Sheriff's Office, at 336-401-8900.

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 allows caregivers and nursing homes to report a person missing. In the past, only a family member could report an adult missing.