Rice University student Matthew Wilson had been missing since December 15, 2007. His car had been found in Berkeley, CA on June 10, 2008. Now after all this time Matthew Wilson has been found alive on the campus of the Campus the University of California at Berkeley. Wilson was arrested by campus police in connection with trespassing and theft charges. All things considered, at least he is safe and alive.
A Rice University student missing since December was found, and arrested, on another campus in California, Berkeley Police said Thursday.
Matthew Wilson, 21, was detained by police on a routine patrol of the campus at the University of California at Berkeley Wednesday night, where he was found using a laptop in a classroom. He was arrested in connection with trespassing and theft charges after investigators learned who he was.
“He was detained because he was trespassing in the building after hours, and later admitted to the officer his true identity,” Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the public information officer for the Berkeley Police Dept. told FOXNews.com Thursday.
According to reports, Matthew Wilson had gone missing voluntarily and there was no indication of foul play.”He later told our detectives that he wanted to disappear.”
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Matthew Wilson on 72-Hour Psychiatric Hold
When asked to identify himself, Wing said Wilson provided the officer with a false name before eventually admitting his true identify.
At that point, Wing said Wilson was arrested on four charges: providing false information to a police officer, possession of stolen property with a serial number obliterated, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Wilson was taken to the Berkeley City Jail and then transferred to the John George Psychiatric Pavilion.
“Wilson is currently being held under a 72-hour psychiatric hold,” said Wing, who added that at the time of his arrest Wilson seemed psychically healthy and was coherent. “When he’s released back into criminal custody he will be arraigned.”
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:
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: FindMattWilson.org
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.
Matthew Wilson, a 20 year old computer science major at Rice University has been missing since December 15, 2007. Wilson’s vehicle, a silver 2004 four-door Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ, has been found abandoned in Berkely, CA.
HOUSTON — The car that belongs to missing Rice University student Matthew Wilson has been found in Berkeley, Calif.
Wilson’s silver 2004 four-door Dodge Neon with Oklahoma license plate 863 MCZ was towed as an abandoned vehicle from a residential street in West Berkeley June 10.
Berkeley police informed the Rice University Police Department there were no obvious signs of foul play inside the car, and they have issued a description and photos of Wilson with a request for the community’s help in searching for the missing 20-year-old from Haworth, Okla. Rice police notified Wilson’s family of the news.
”The discovery of Matthew’s car is an important piece of evidence,” said Rice Police Chief Bill Taylor. “We will cooperate fully with the Berkeley Police Department investigation, and we’re all hopeful that Matthew will be found alive and well.”,
Missing Rice student’s car found in California
“My understanding is that (Berkeley police) have done a thorough search of the car and feel comfortable that there was no indication of foul play,” said Rice University Police Chief Bill Taylor.
He added that Berkeley police indicated the car had been abandoned for some time.
Wilson’s mother, Cathy Wilson, said she has no idea why her son, who was last seen in Houston on Dec. 14, would be in Berkeley or whether he knew anyone there.
Though she is glad the car was found, she said, the discovery did not offer her full relief.
“I’m just pondering what else could have happened,” she said.
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)
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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.”
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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 Monkeys.net Missing: Matthew Wilson.