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Former mayor of Cornelius Ralph Brown missing since May 16, suffers from dementia

Ralph Brown, a former mayor of Cornelius, Oregon, has been missing for nearly two weeks and his family fears he may not be able to find his way home.

Brown suffers from dementia and has not had his memory or heart medication since he left his Cornelius home on Sunday, May 16. Family members said in a press conference on Wednesday that he hasn’t used his credit card and his phone is dead.

His daughter, Laurie Saunders, said during the briefing that she spoke with him the night he went missing, and that he wasn’t sure exactly where he was. He told her he was “literally in the bushes,” and that he might be near a golf course, but couldn’t give her more specific details. He also asked if people were out looking for him.

She told him to wait for a call from his son, who was going to go out and find him, but Brown didn’t answer the phone after that. And nobody has been able to find him, even though hundreds of people are helping with the search.

There were possible sightings early this week at Silver Falls and in Molalla, but the family says clues have dried up since then.

Brown is 76 years old, about 5-foot-10, with white hair and blue eyes. His car is a dark blue, 2014 Nissan Sentra with Oregon plate . Anyone who sees him or his car is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-629-0111.

Copyright 2021 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Jeff Thompson