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Silver Alert issued for Wilson man

Posted April 2, 2009 12:08 a.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2009 5:12 a.m. EDT

Silver Alert

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert late Wednesday for a missing endangered man.

Willie Joe York, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was last seen at 205 Vick St.

The 45-year-old black man is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. He is bald, has brown eyes and most of his front teeth are missing.

York was wearing a gray or oatmeal colored T-shirt, acid-washed blue jeans, navy blue bubble style jacket, black ball cap and black shoes.

Anyone with information about York should call Detective Snider at the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system that quickly notifies 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.