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Silver Alert issued for Wilson man

Posted October 28, 2010 3:20 p.m. EDT
Updated October 28, 2010 3:28 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Thursday afternoon for a missing Wilson County man.

Alfred Bernard Joyner, 55, is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Joyner is described as a black man standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. He has short black and gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a red pullover sweater.

Authorities said Joyner walks with a distinctive limp and that his right shoulder is lower than his left. He is, reportedly, without his medication.

He was last seen around 9 a.m. Oct. 23 at 121 Pender St. East in Wilson, authorities said.

Anyone with information about Joyner should call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or their local law enforcement office.

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 or bipolar disorder.

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