Durham police have found George Edward Schlager in his car on the Durham Freeway. He appears to be okay at this time.
Police say Schlager, 79, suffers from Alzheimer's disease prompting officials to isssue a Silver Alert.
Schlager was last seen driving a 2001 silver Mercury Sable with NC license WXC-3177. Schlager is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 200 pounds. He has green eyes and wears glasses. He walks with a limp. He was last seen wearing a plaid dress shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
The program, called Silver Alert, is modeled after the Amber Alert program.
"The Silver Alert program is designed to quickly find those individuals and return them home safely," said Bryan Beatty, secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
Unlike Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts will not be broadcast on the emergency alert system, which transmits a tone signal to television and radio stations indicating that an emergency message will follow.