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Despite local rumors this morning, the 88-year-old man from Pekin has still not been found. 

A post online this morning mentioned Joseph Brown had been found early Monday morning.

According to Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon, Brown still has not been found and the search continues. 

Brown, 88 of Pekin, was reported as missing from the Voyles Road area last Thursday.

A Silver Alert was issued on Friday, Dec. 7 after 4p. 

Police located Brown’s vehicle, a red 2015 Buick Enclave, near Winlsow Lake, northwest of Salem, on Sunday afternoon. 

A search has continued during daylight hours ever since. 

The area is on private property and according to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Brent Miller, he is asking for the public to help by notifying the department if they have information about Brown. 

“The police, fire department members and other emergency personnel are conducting a search today,” said Miller. “Because this is private property, no members of the public can be allowed to help search due to liability issues. However, if anyone out there has any knowledge of Mr. Brown’s whereabouts, or if you’ve picked him up over the last few days, please call 812.883.2834 and let the sheriff’s department know.”

Mr. Brown carries a cane and wears a catholic scapular necklace. He also has a tendency to get confused and or lost.

Deputy Brad Naugle is the investigating officer.