A Silver Alert has been canceled for a Rutherford County woman.
The alert, which is similar to an Amber Alert for children, was issued for Mary Melvania Carter, 81, who went missing Tuesday night.
Carter, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's, was reported missing when she never returned home.
Carter reportedly went to Woodfin Funeral Home in Murfreesboro and was later stopped by a police officer in Lebanon for running a red light.
According to the officer, Carter "appeared normal." She asked the officer for directions back to Murfreesboro but went missing overnight.
Hours after the alert was issued Wednesday, Carter reportedly showed up at her son's home in Donelson. She is said to be safe and unharmed.
"She typically doesn't drive at night is what we've been told," said Maj. Clyde Adkisson with the Murfreesboro Police Dept.
Murfreesboro police said Wednesday's incident is only the second time a Silver Alert, which took effect in Tennessee in 2009, has been issued for a missing senior citizen in the city.
"This is a critical piece of legislation. It gives families the right to be able to call and it gives police the ability to be able to waive that 24-hour waiting period before they start the search," said Cindy Lowery with the Alzheimer's Association.
Unlike an Amber Alert, a Silver Alert can be issued by local law enforcement and does not have to go through the state.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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