FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hillsboro, Oregon: It is Friday Night 5/21/2021 local man and retired Hillsboro schools teacher Ralph Brown is still missing. It has been 5 days since Ralph drove off from Cornelius, Oregon in his Nissan Sentra. Suffering from the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Ralph is still lost with no reports of his whereabouts.
The Herald spoke to his Son Daryle Brown and his wife Gretchen tonight and the search is intensifying as fears of Ralph’s safety mount. Here is what we know so far:
- Ralph Brown is 76 years old and is experiencing memory loss as a side effect of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Ralph left his wife Carol and his home in Cornelius, Sunday Night.
- Ralph at some point called his daughter back East and told her he was in the bushes and near a Gold Course and asked her pointedly, “Are you guys looking for me?”.
- His daughter told him to stay by the phone and wait for a call from Daryle. She made him promise to wait and answer his phone when Daryle called. She asked him if he understood and he said “Yes, I understand. I will pick up the phone.”
- She called her brother, Daryle, to report what had happened and Daryle hung up and immediately called his Father. Not more than a couple of minutes had passed when Daryle called Ralph but he did not pick up and has not picked up yet.
- As of now, authorities are sure Ralph Brown’s phone has no power. It probably ran out Sunday evening.
- On Sunday, Ralph’s phone was located by a “ping” between Newberg, Lafayette, and McMinnville. It appeared he was moving back and forth between the cities. His phone has not pinged nor been located since that time.
- Ralph was a regular credit card user and was known to use his Credit Cards to get gas. No cards of Ralph’s have been used. It is unlikely he has driven far away as a result.
- Ralph may be in greater Yamhill County-
- Other areas of search are Lincoln City where he and his wife Carol would go.
- Ralph is from Astoria– he may have tried to go Home thinking he is living in Astoria.
- Any town or back road between Yamhill County and the Pacific Ocean is of specific interest.
- Ralph is a Talker and loves people.
- Ralph could have driven over an embankment, off of a road, or be broken down on a backroad or logging road.
If You Can Please Check your land if you have acreage or look along backroads for his car or any signs of a car exiting the road such as wheel tracks, brush broken, tries tracks, skid marks, etc.
If you have a tip or see anything call 503-629-0111 – Washington County Sheriffs Office
If you can help search or fly a drone or have search dogs etc call Dirk here at the Herald for more information
Ralph’s family misses him and is worried about him. This is a crucial weekend for him and the Search so please help if you can.
Editors Note: Like many of you Ralph was a school administrator in my Childhood and we care about him very much- so all help is very much appreciated.