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Alzheimer's patient still missing

Alzheimer's patient still missing after eight days.
Alzheimer's patient still missing

Updated 11/16/12, Week 6

From the Help Us Find Ray Jones Facebook Page, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Ray's body was found yesterday in Sedro-Woolley. While this was not the outcome we had all been hoping for, we are relieved for the closure that this brings."

The Jones family cannot thank you enough for all that you have done, be it spreading flyers, searching the area, or sending prayers. For so many who never knew Ray to take an interest has been very uplifting. We could not have gotten through this without your love and support.

Grassroots efforts on behalf of the family of missing man RAY JONES continue to generate leads for detectives in Sedro-Woolley, WA, who are searching for an 80 year-old Alzheimer's patient who disappeared over a month ago.

The Facebook page “Help Us Find Ray Jones” achieved a viral reach of over 15,000 in just the first five days.  Regular updates are posted and the public is encouraged to SHARE the page to increase the number of eyes looking for Ray. In addition, flyers are being distributed via email and on the ground by an army of volunteers daily, who have posted Ray’s picture in public places in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

The family is currently concentrating volunteer efforts in places from Ray’s past.  Alzheimer's patients have been known to try and make their way back to areas where they once lived, so Ray could be in the greater Seattle area or even as far away as Montana, where local media outlets have picked up the story.  Truck stops along the route have been asked to post Ray’s missing poster.

Ray has lived in Anacortes, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace, WA, owning a construction supply business in Seattle at one time.  He grew up in Ennis, Montana and has ties to Billings, Montana.  His wife of 57 years, Anne Jones, grew up in the Darrington/Arlington, WA area where Ray spent a lot of time over the years.  They also travelled the entire country in a 5th wheel RV for five years, hitting all 50 states.

“When we hit a low point and were totally exhausted, we got a boost of energy from strangers posting that they would help put up flyers in the new target areas in the Seattle suburbs.  Other people are faxing for us,” says Bonnie Jones Graham, daughter of the missing man.  “It’s heart-warming. People want to help us solve this mystery.”

Relatives and friends from around the country joined with local volunteers over the weekend to again search the immediate area around Riverfront Park and the Skagit River.  Search and rescue teams from Skagit and Snohomish Counties scoured the reasonable search area in Sedro-Woolley three times in the two days after his disappearance.  Hundreds of people, a helicopter, five dogs, horses, thermal cameras, and three boats were involved in the initial exhaustive search.

“It’s like he just evaporated,” says Anne Jones, wife of the missing man.

RAMON “RAY” JOHN JONES walked away from his memory care facility on Monday, October 1st about 11:30 am.  He was last seen sitting at a picnic table outside the fence of a nearby dog park, within sight of the home at about 12:30 pm.  Neighbors in Sedro-Woolley have searched their garages, barns, sheds and recreational vehicles repeatedly, as it is common for people with Alzheimer’s to hide.

Jones was believed to be wearing a blue plaid shirt, light blue pants, and was likely carrying a black shaving-type bag.  He is about 6 feet tall and 225 pounds, with silver hair.  Ray has some moments of clarity and could have gotten a ride with a motorist and left the area.  He often displays verbal confusion by repeating himself often and substituting words inappropriately.

Please call Sedro-Woolley Police Department at 911 or 360-428-3211 with any information. 

Please email findrayjones@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.

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