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Authorities search for man missing since Thanksgiving

James Oliver Brown, a 61-year-old Mt. Laurel community resident, has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day, and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Brown.

According to Sheriff Fred S. Clark, he was last seen by a friend on Neal’s Corner Road on Thanksgiving Day.

“He told his friend he was going to his mother’s house,” Clark said.

Brown often walked from his residence along a path through the woods to get to his mother’s house, the sheriff said, adding, “That’s where he was last seen, leaving the friend’s house.” 

Family members reported him missing late Tuesday afternoon, 11 days after he was last seen.

“He has no history at all of going away without telling his family,” the sheriff said.

Numerous deputies and investigators from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office along with authorities from the Virginia State Police, Halifax County Task Force and Office of Emergency Services searched throughout the day Wednesday in the vicinity of 2219 Neals Corner Road for the missing man. 

On Thursday morning six search teams from neighboring jurisdictions and six cadaver dogs combed wooded areas in and around Neal’s Corner Road looking for Brown, according to Clark.

Brown is described as a black male, 6-feet-tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Also, he has a large mole between his right cheek and right eye. 

Clark said Brown has no known medical conditions. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Oliver Brown is asked to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-3334.