Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Missing Coast Guardsman Russell Matthews’ Mysterious Return After 4-Months Missing

Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews, a 17-year-veteran of the Coast Guard (rescue swimmer), disappeared nearly four-months ago. Matthews’ car was found by police at a Kaena Point parking lot in a remote area of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, after he was reported missing back on Oct. 9, 2012. An all-out search for the missing 36-year-old man was launched by both the Coast Guard and the fire department, with searchers scouring the north and south shores of the point in search of him. The three-day search went cold, however, as did the investigation into his whereabouts. At the time of his disappearance, Matthews was under investigation for using marijuana.

Mysteriously, Matthews (a father of two) showed up at his wife’s Oahu house, but nobody was home. Today, Honolulu police said that Matthews appeared incoherent, and he was taken to a hospital for observation. Coast Guard investigators confirmed his identity after he called his command from Castle Medical Center in the Honolulu suburb of Kailua. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Gene Maestas commented on the case, saying that Matthews has not indicated where he had been for the past four months, or why he ceased to be in contact with family, friends or the Coast Guard. Police have closed the case, as it is not illegal to be a missing person. He is currently being evaluated at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Military investigators are scheduled to talk to Matthews when he gets out of the hospital.

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