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The former Cornelius mayor and longtime Hillsboro school administrator has been missing since Sunday.

COURTESY PHOTO - Ralph Brown, in an undated family photo.Former Cornelius mayor and Hillsboro School District teacher and administrator Ralph Brown remains missing after reportedly leaving his home in Cornelius on Sunday evening, May 16.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said late Wednesday afternoon, May 19, that a community member in the Newberg area reported seeing Brown on Monday, May 17. Brown was reportedly sighted in his blue 2014 Nissan Sentra.

Deputies are asking anyone who lives near Rogers Landing County Park in Yamhill County or along the Willamette River to "check around" for Brown and his car, which has an Oregon license plate 319KQV.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and local police departments have also been notified.

Brown is 76, about 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. He is missing the tip of the index finger on his right hand.

Brown has memory problems and may have become lost or disoriented. Those who know him told Pamplin Media Group on Monday that he had talked about going "home," perhaps referring to where he grew up in Astoria, before leaving his home on Sunday evening.

"Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads, including some in the Newberg area, but stress Mr. Brown could be anywhere at this point," the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday.

Anyone with information on Brown's whereabouts should call non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

By Mark Miller
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