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Mother of Missing Rice University Junior Matthew Wilson Comes to Bay Area to Search for Son

Matthew J. Wilson, a junior at Rice University in Houston has been missing since December 15, 2007.  Wilson’s car was recently found on June 10, 2008 in the 1200 block of Allston Way in Berkeley, CA.


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.

Cathy Wilson, the mother of missing Matthew Wilson has flown to the Bay Area from Oklahoma and joined the search for her son.

His mother, Cathy Wilson, recently flew to the Bay Area from Oklahoma and joined the search for her son Saturday afternoon, according to Bridget Melson, co-founder of Trinity Search and Recovery.

“People really dig back into memory when they see her,” Melson said. ‘She looks so much like her son.”

The group will resume the search at about 2 p.m. today and plans on making stops at University of California-Berkeley as well as Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and Walnut Creek.

Melson said there have been more than 10 reported sightings of Matt Wilson in the Bay Area, including several in Walnut Creek within the last week.

Trinity Search and Recovery has handed out fliers to businesses in the area of some of the sightings, and employees reported seeing a man who fit Matt Wilson’s description, Melson said.


Cathy Wilson walks through People’s Park in Berkeley asking people if they have seen her missing son, Matthew. His car was found abandoned in Berkeley last month.

Family web site:

Mom comes to Bay Area to look for missing son

After the car was found on June 10, dirty and abandoned, on Allston Way in central Berkeley, a Pleasanton group that helps families search for missing loved ones got involved. The organization, called Trinity Search & Recovery, created a Web site with photos of Matthew and set up a telephone number for tips. A $25,000 reward is being offered by his mother, Rice University and Crime Stoppers of Houston.

Police in Berkeley and at Rice University have said they do not suspect foul play in Matthew’s disappearance. The book on identity theft suggests that Matthew may have considered changing his name, his mother said, but if that’s the case, it seems unlikely he would keep his flaming red hair and beard.

July 13th, 2008 at 10:47pm Posted by | Matthew Wilson, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures, Search and Rescue | 3 comments

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  1. He has been found alive..

    Comment by Robyn | August 14, 2008


    Matthew Wilson found unharmed. He wanted to “disappear” on purpose.

    Comment by brent | August 14, 2008

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