Prayer vigil for Ralph Brown set for July 11
Friends and family members of Ralph Brown will be holding a prayer vigil at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the United Church of Christ in Forest Grove.
The former Cornelius mayor, 76, who suffers from dementia, left his home in his navy blue 2014 Nissan Sentra, license plate 319 KQV, at roughly 6:30 p.m. May 16 after telling his wife he was "going home."
At roughly 9 p.m., his daughter Laurie Saunders contacted him by phone, at which time Brown said he was "in the bushes." Saunders then told her father to stay put and that his son Daryle would be calling him shortly. Brown hasn't been heard from since.
Brown's last known location is believed to be in the Newberg area, as cellphone "pings" were detected there as of May 17.
Washington County Sgt. Danny DiPietro said during a press conference June 3 that Brown's phone was shut off shortly following the cellphone activity, limiting law enforcement's tracking ability.
Searches have been conducted in and around Newberg by foot, vehicle, boat, drones and civilian planes.
Brown's family and friends have also gathered more than 200 volunteers, who have been handing out flyers, following prospective leads, and helping search the immediate area and throughout the state.
Brown is about 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts, white socks and sandals. He is missing the tip of the index finger on his right hand and has a very noticeable gait, shuffling his feet as he walks.
If you have any information regarding Brown's whereabouts, contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story gave an earlier start time for the vigil. It will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 11. The story has been corrected.
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