SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- Family members are asking for the public's help in finding an 80-year-old Sedro-Woolley man who was last seen on Oct. 1.

On Saturday, family and volunteers were out along the Skagit River and through the wooded areas near Sedro Woolley, searching for 80-year-old Ray Jones, who has Alzheimer's disease.

Ray Jones walked away from his memory care facility at about 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 1. 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.

Hundreds of searchers on foot, air, boat and horseback searched the Sedro-Woolley area for days, but their efforts came up empty. While the search has been suspended, family and volunteers are plastering towns in the Skagit Valley with fliers about the missing man.

Family members wonder if Jones was able to get a ride from someone and left the area. He's known as a story-teller in his family and they hope he'll turn up with a big one to tell.

I, of course, keep praying that will happen but there's that layer of understanding of what we're dealing with, said Ray's daughter, Bonnie Jones Graham.

A Facebook page Help Us Find Ray Jones has been set up.

Jones was dressed in a blue plaid shirt, light blue pants when he went missing. He was likely carrying a black shaving-type bag. He's described as about 6 feet tall and 225 pounds with silver hair.

Call Sedro-Woolley Police at 911 or 360-428-3211 with any information.

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