Ralph Brown

OPINION: Remembering Ralph Brown

Nancy Townsley remembers her friend 'as a human being who showed up, did his best and gave others his all.'Ralph Brown lived an "extraordinary life of love and service." Of all the platitudes that have appeared on social media in recent days honoring Brown — mayor, educator, school board member and booster club president, but most significantly husband, father, grandfather and friend — that was the one that resonated the most, the one that seemed to fit him best. Brown, who did not live to see his 77th birthday, nonetheless spent his time on this earth working to...
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Washington County mourns Ralph Brown

The yearlong search for Ralph Brown has come to a close with the discovery of his body near Newberg. Washington County is mourning the loss of one of its most active public servants and leaders, as the yearlong search for Ralph Brown officially came to a close this week. Brown...
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Medical examiner identifies remains as Ralph Brown

Cornelius man was missing for nearly a year before divers found his vehicle at Rogers LandingOfficials have positively identified remains found in a car submerged in the Willamette River in Newberg as that of a Cornelius man missing for nearly a year. Investigators found the human remains inside a Nissan Sentry divers located at Rogers Landing on May 13. The car was immediately identified as belonging to Ralph Brown, who had left his home on May 16, 2021, never to be seen again. His disappearance led to a region-wide search that continued until the discovery last week in Newberg. A...

Body Of Former Cornelius Mayor Ralph Brown Recovered

CORNELIUS, Ore. — Nearly a year after his disappearance, authorities have confirmed that a body recovered in the Willamette River in Newberg is that of former Cornelius Mayor Ralph Brown. There were several sightings of the 76-year-old since his May 2021 disappearance, but the trail went cold. Divers with...

Vehicle Of Missing Person, Ralph Brown, Located In The Willamette River

Newberg, Ore – Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies learned Friday afternoon, May 13th, that a Vehicle belonging to 77-year old Ralph Brown, former Cornelius Mayor, had been found in the Willamette River in Newberg. Search and Rescue divers with a private company, Adventures With Purpose, located the vehicle, which was fully submerged, some 40 feet deep in the River near Roger’s Landing Boat Ramp.