Update: Detectives Continue To Search for Missing and Endangered, Ralph Brown
Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives continue to search for 76-year-old Ralph Brown, who has been missing from Cornelius since Sunday, May 16, 2021. On the evening he was reported missing, deputies immediately entered Mr. Brown into local and national law enforcement databases identifying him as missing and endangered. Mr. Brown's vehicle, a 2014 Blue Nissan Sentra with Oregon plate 319KQV, was also listed in the same databases. If any law enforcement officer enters Mr. Brown's name, driver's license number, vehicle's license plate, or vehicle identification number (VIN) into one of the databases, they will be notified that Mr. Brown is a missing and endangered person.
Each missing person case is unique. WCSO personnel has canvassed Newberg, Oregon, Mr. Brown's last known location determined by GPS signals from his cell phone (map attached). Deputies and detectives have searched on foot, in vehicles, via drones (some equipped with forward-looking infrared or commonly known as FLIR), by boats (some equipped with sonar), and air. Since the evening he went missing, he has not turned on his cell phone or completed any financial activities. Additionally, Mr. Brown's Sentra is not equipped with any form of GPS.
Detectives have also checked area hospitals, airports, and frequently visited locations where Mr. Brown has been. Additionally, detectives continue to review Mr. Brown's cell phone activity and financial records and investigate new leads from community members.
Detectives continue to ask for the community's help in locating Mr. Brown. To date, we have had reports from community members saying they have seen Mr. Brown, but none of the sightings have been confirmed. Washington County Search and Rescue Supervisor Sgt. Jesse Baker says, "If Mr. Brown's vehicle is located, it can be an essential start location for a Search and Rescue operation."
Tomorrow morning, Thursday, June 3, 2021, searchers from the Washington County Search and Rescue Team will be searching the Hess Creek area south of Newberg.
If a community member has any information about Mr. Brown, please contact your local law enforcement agency right away.
On June 3, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office and family members of Mr. Brown will be holding a press conference in front of the Sheriff's Office located at 215 SW Adams Avenue in Hillsboro. Please Email the Sheriff's Office PIO to RSVP.
We want to extend our thanks to several outside agencies who have provided assistance in this critical investigation. They include the Astoria Police Department, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Civil Air Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oregon State Parks, the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, the Oregon State University Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, the Western Oregon University Department of Campus Public Safety, the Newberg Police Department, the Forest Grove Police Department, and the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office
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