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An autopsy confirmed remains found in a vehicle on Friday, May 13, were those of the well-known Cornelius resident.

COURTESY PHOTO: BROWN FAMILY - Ralph Brown, pictured in a family photo, reportedly had been struggling with memory loss before leaving his home in Cornelius on May 16, 2021.Remains found in a vehicle submerged in the Willamette River near Newberg last week were confirmed Tuesday evening, May 17, to belong to notable Cornelius resident and former elected official Ralph Brown.

The announcement came one year and one day after Brown went missing. Family members said Brown, 76, drove away from his home in his Nissan Sentra on May 16, 2021, and did not return.

Brown was a former Cornelius mayor, Hillsboro School District administrator, and Forest Grove School District board member.

At the time of his disappearance last May, he had recently been suffering from memory loss, family members said.

Adventures With Purpose, a private search-and-rescue company, reported finding Brown's Nissan in the Willamette River near Rogers Landing County Park on Friday, May 13.

The vehicle was pulled from the river. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office confirmed the vehicle was Brown's.

Human remains were found inside the vehicle, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. At the time, the remains couldn't be conclusively identified as those of Brown.

That changed Tuesday, when a deputy state medical examiner confirmed it was Brown's body, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Washington County authorities said there were no signs of foul play.

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