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Missing man search called off

With no new leads, a search continued on Friday for 61-year-old James Oliver Brown, a Mt. Laurel community resident who has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day.

However, Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark said searchers found no trace of Brown in the wooded areas they combed through last week.

After talking with family members, Clark said the search was called off before the inclement weather set in Saturday after no indications were found of Brown in the area being searched.

Brown was last seen by a friend on Neal’s Corner Road on Thanksgiving Day when he said he was going to his mother’s house.

Brown often walked from his residence along a path through the woods to get to his mother’s house, Clark said.

Family members reported him missing last week, some 12 days after he was last seen.

Wednesday through Friday of last week 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 along with Halifax County Rescue Squad and local volunteer firefighters continued to search in and around the Clover area for the missing man. 

Six search teams from neighboring jurisdictions and six cadaver dogs combed wooded areas in and around Neal’s Corner Road looking for Brown.

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.