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Missing man’s whereabouts still a mystery

Search and rescue teams from across the state will join local search and rescue teams Saturday at 8 a.m. to resume the search for 61-year-old James Oliver Brown, a Mt. Laurel community resident who has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day.

The search will include wooded areas near Neal’s Corner Road in Clover that previously were searched but will include an extended area, Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark said Tuesday.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office investigators have followed up on a report of a possible sighting of the 61-year-old man; however, that lead proved fruitless, the sheriff said.

According to Clark, his office received a report the man may have been spotted walking along James D. Hagood Highway into Charlotte County in recent days. 

“His disappearance remains suspicious,” the sheriff said. “But we have had very few leads to come in. We just don’t know what has happened to him.”

Authorities have checked all local hospitals to see if Brown has been admitted as a patient, with no results in locating the missing man.

“His whereabouts remain a mystery,” the sheriff said Tuesday.

With all leads exhausted, the sheriff said his office, working with Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, has coordinated another area wide search in Clover for this Saturday.

After authorities spoke with family members earlier this week, Clark said all are in agreement another search needs to be conducted.

Searches in wooded areas of near Neal’s Corner Road conducted last week yielded no trace of Brown.

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 on Tuesday, Dec. 10, some 12 days after he was last seen.

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 searched several days in and around the Clover area for the missing man. 

Six search teams from neighboring jurisdictions and six cadaver dogs have 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.