Explainer: What is a Silver Alert?

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Silver Alerts are issued when a person is believed to be missing.

Law enforcement agencies will contact The Center for Missing Persons, which will issue a Silver Alert if the person meets certain criteria.

“It is used basically to locate individuals that have two types of impairment,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon, Director, Center for Missing Persons. “That’s dementia, or other type of cognitive impairment, regardless of their age. When the Silver Alert is issued, it’s believe this person is missing.”

The alerts can be issued statewide or by a geographical area.

Since the start of 2015, approximately 155 Silver Alerts have been issued in North Carolina.

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