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A four-day search for an 88-year-old man missing from the Pekin area since Thursday, Dec. 4 ended this afternoon after police recovered the body of Joseph L. Brown. 

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Naugle, Brown was found approximately half-mile from his vehicle. 

Naugle said Brown was located at approximately 1:30p and was recovered by the sheriff’s department, Indiana State Police and Blue River Fire Rescue Unit. 

Naugle noted he was found on a very steep, rocky hillside.

The area was searched by foot, vehicle, boat and air. 

Police said there was no indication of foul play. 

According to Chief Deputy Brent Miller, Clark County Sheriff’s Department also sent a helicopter to assist with the search. 

Police recovered Brown’s red 2015 Buick Enclave Sunday afternoon and began searching the area; much of which is on private property around Winslow Lake. 

Brown was reported missing from Martinsburg, Indiana and a silver alert was issued last Thursday afternoon.

Brown, a white male, was 6 feet 0 inches tall, 190 pounds, with white hair and blue eyes. He was reported to have carried a cane, wore a Catholic Scapular necklace. 

Police reported originally thought Brown was believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 

OTHER DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED: Washington County Sheriffs Department, Indiana Conservation, Indiana State Police, Southern Indiana Search and Rescue, Members from all county Fire Departments, Jeff Craig K9 Search Team, EMA, APS, Washington County Coroner, Arbys and Main Street Pizza.