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Matthew J. Wilson, Rice University Student, Missing Since December 15, 2007 in Houston, TX

Matthew Wilson, a 20 year old computer science major and straight-A student at Rice University has been missing since December 15, 2007.  According to reports, Matthew Wilson made a $400 cash withdrawal from his bank account on Dec. 14, the day he was last seen. We hope that the bank machine that the transaction was done at has a camera.

“He’s a very serious student. He doesn’t participate in high-risk behaviors. It was really out of place. This is a gentleman who takes his school work very, very serious.”

Wilson was not known to drink or party. (Houston Chronicle)


Matthew Wilson Description:

  • a 20 year old Caucasian male
  • 5 feet, 7 inches tall
  • weighs 135 pounds
  • red hair
  • green eyes
  • wears glasses
  • He had a full beard when his roommate last saw him.

If anyone has any information about Matthew Wilson’s whereabouts please call the Rice University Police Department at 713-348-6000. To respond to the Crime Stoppers offer, call 713-222-TIPS (8477).

“I saw him … he was in his room, working,” said Elliott Harwell, Wilson’s roommate, of that last Dec. 14 sighting.

Harwell, a history major, left their apartment Friday night to work on a paper.

When he came back Saturday and saw Wilson’s silver 2004 Dodge Neon was gone, he assumed his roommate was in a computer lab or library.

“He’s a very diligent student,” Harwell said.

So diligent in fact, that Wilson eschewed e-mail because he found it a distraction. Unlike many students, Wilson didn’t devote much online energy to anything other than work. No page on Facebook or MySpace.

Rice police are searching for missing student

Rice University police are looking for leads in the disappearance of 20-year-old student Matthew J. Wilson, who was last seen by his roommate the evening of Dec. 14 at their off-campus apartment.

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to felony charges in the case. 

UPDATE I: Also Missing is Matthew’s car and backpack


(This is not the exact car, but the type of car missing)


Also missing is Wilson’s car, a silver 2004 four-door Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ, and his backpack.

UPDATE II: Rice University Student Reported Missing

University police said junior Matthew J. Wilson, 20, was last seen at his off-campus apartment at about noon Saturday.

“We found out from a student who Matthew was supposed to have picked up on Saturday evening and take to the airport that he never showed up” police Chief Bill Taylor said. “So we now have information that he had some things planned later from what we originally knew.”

UPDATE III: Further Articles rgarding Missing Matthew Wislon:

UPDATE IV: Missing Student’s Family Pleads For Answers

He hasn’t been seen for nearly a week and the family of missing Rice University student Matthew Wilson is desperate for answers, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.

“This is on my mind. I’m thinking about it all the time,” said Wilson’s mother Cathy Wilson. “I’m trying to solve it in my head.”

To discuss the case of missing Matthew Wilson and to get further updates, please go to Scared Missing: Matthew Wilson.

December 22nd, 2007 at 02:33pm Posted by | Matthew Wilson, Missing, Missing College Student, Pictures, Search and Rescue | 32 comments

21 Year old Marshall University Student Leah N. Hickman Missing Since December 14, 2007 (UPDATE: Body Found Believed to be Missing Leah Hickman, Positively ID’d)

21 year old Marshall University student Leah N. Hickman has been missing since Leah_hickmanFriday, December 14, 2007.

Description: Leah N. Hickman:

  • white female
  • she is a junior at Marshall, majoring in journalism
  • height:  five-foot-four
  • weight: 125 pounds
  • brown hair
  • blue eyes.

Leah N. Hickman last talked with her mother, Sherry Russell, of Leon, early Friday afternoon. Her family, which expected her home for the holiday break, became concerned after she did not report to work at the Dress Barn on Saturday or Sunday.

Huntington Police Sgt. John Williams says Hickman’s car, purse, coat, keys and packed bags were found at the apartment she shared with her older sister.

Hickman’s family has posted fliers in neighborhoods, restaurants and service stations from Huntington to South Point, Ohio.

UPDATE I :Search Continues for Marshall Student

According to the police report Hickman’s purse, car keys and coat remained in her room. Her yellow Chevrolet Cavalier still is parked just outside her apartment building at 403 8th Avenue.

It’s known that Hickman bought McDonald’s at around 5:40 p.m. Dec. 14 and was supposed to meet with a friend later that evening, but never showed.

Caitlin and Leah’s mother say her voicemail on her cell phone is completely full and messages of concern stream across her MySpace page.

The Dress Barn in Barboursville, the store where Leah works, is offering $10,000 reward for any information about where the girl might be.

UPDATE II: Body That May Be Missing Student Found

The body of missing 21 year old Leah Hickman may have been found by investigators. Forensic investigators found the body in a common laundry room in the basement of the missing woman’s apartment building.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Investigators found a body in a crawl space Friday that police believe is that of a missing Marshall University student.

Forensic investigators found the body at 5 p.m. in a common laundry room in the basement of the missing woman’s apartment building, the Huntington Police Department said in a prepared statement.

The body has not been identified but indications are that it is that of 21-year-old Leah Hickman, who has been missing since Dec. 14, the department said.

There are no suspects, Police Chief Skip Holbrook said at a Friday night news conference. He provided few details, saying police do not want to jeopardize the investigation. He said police do not know how long the body had been in the crawl space. He would not say whether a cause of death has been determined.

Body found in missing W.Va. student’s home

Investigators removed the body of a young woman found in a crawl space at the apartment of a missing Marshall University student on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities also barred traffic from a three-block area around the four-unit building, and the Herald-Dispatch newspaper reported that forensic investigators had worked through the night and were expected to remain at the scene throughout Saturday.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Charleston for an autopsy, the Huntington Police said. The agency said the next update about the case is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

“Although we strongly believe the body is that of Leah Hickman, a positive identification will be made by the medical examiner,” Lt. Rocky Johnson said in a statement.

UPDATE III: Body Found in Crawl Space Identified as Missing West Virginia Student

Police say a body found in a crawl space at a Huntington apartment building is that of a missing Marshall University student.

Huntington police announced Monday that the body had been positively identified as Hickman, a journalism student at Marshall.

They declined to release any details about how she died.


December 22nd, 2007 at 11:23am Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student, Pictures | no comments