SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. - Police, family members and volunteers are searching the Skagit Valley for an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient who has been missing for three days.
Ramon "Ray" John Jones walked away from Birchview Memory Care, at 925 Dunlop Ave. in Sedro-Woolley, on Monday at about 11:30 a.m. He was last seen sitting at a picnic table outside the fence of a nearby dog park at about 12:30 p.m.
The Sedro-Woolley Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating Jones. Detectives are particularly interested in talking to park visitors who may have seen the missing man, including the owners of a fawn- or gold-colored boxer and a red heeler that were playing in the park at the time he went missing.
Jones reportedly has some moments of clarity and could have gotten into a car and left the area. Alzheimer's patients have been known to try to make their way back to areas where they once lived, so he could be in the greater Seattle area or even as far away as Montana. Or, he could have stayed close to home. Authorities are asking neighbors of the Sedro-Woolley Dog Park to search their property, including garages, barns and sheds.
Family members say that Jones often displays verbal confusion by repeating himself and substituting words inappropriately.
Jones is 6 feet tall and 225 pounds. He has silver hair. It is believed that he was wearing a blue plaid shirt and light blue pants at the time of his disappearance. He may have been carrying a black shaving-type bag.
Updates about the search for Ray Jones are available on a Facebook page called "Help Us Find Ray Jones."
If you have any information about Jones, please call 911 or the Sedro-Woolley Police Department at 360-428-3211.