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Search for missing man extended to Sunday

If search and rescue teams from across the state are unable to find any answers on Saturday pertaining to the disappearance of 61-year-old James Oliver Brown, a Mount Laurel community resident who has not been seen since Thanksgiving Day, the search will continue into Sunday.

According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark, resources have become available, and commitments have been made to extend the search of wooded areas near Neal’s Corner Road beyond areas previously searched, and if necessary to continue the search through Sunday.

With all leads exhausted, the sheriff said hopefully this weekend’s search will provide some indication as to what may have happened to Brown.

Search teams and cadaver dogs from all across Virginia will return to Clover this weekend to comb wooded areas in and around Neal’s Corner Road.

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.

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.