Thank you for your kind words, MountainStar. I would like to share what I know about Matthew here, in case some one in the Houston to Southeast
Oklahoma area runs onto to him or his car.
Matthew J. Wilson is a 20 year old RICE University Computer Science major. He has been at RICE since 2005. He graduated Valedictorian from his High
School in Haworth, Oklahoma which is located just southeast of Idabel, OK in the far southeast corner of the state. He has been described by his
family and school friends as not being "anti-social" but being very dedicated, and almost one-tracked about his education. He was pulling straight
A's at RICE and when he disappeared from RICE on December 14th had 4 projects due and his finals coming up. He had never missed an assignment,
project or test. He was a man of his word, very dependable, and had promised to take a fellow student to the airport the day after he went missing -
she was returning to China to see her family. He did not show up. Matthew was also scheduled to go home to his family on Christmas...he did not show
up. His mother is devastated and sits by her phone now..waiting.
Here is what I have taken from the evidence produced by his family and friends to date. This is only my own personal read on the evidence and am open
to thoughts I'm mis-reading, or reading too much into things. But I want to share what reached out to me in this.
This is what Matthew looked like prior to just a couple of months ago:
This is what Matthew looked like when he came to visit his family on Thanksgiving (the last time he was seen by them):
I believe the change in appearance has significance.
Timeline of disappearance:
Matthew had a car - a 2003 silver Dodge Neon (OK license plate 863 MCZ). All of his RICE friends, including his roommate, state he rarely drove the
car. About the only time he drove it was to Target and a Fiesta grocery store. He walked to all his classes, and the car mainly stayed parked at the
apartment he lived at.
On December 10th - 4 days before his disappearance - Matthew went to Target and bought 4 items. A windshield shade for his car, a car cover, charcoal
I think these purchases show signs of a highly logical mind that is now preparing for something but in an irrational train of thought. Why do I think
1. I would never buy a windshield shade for a car in the middle of winter.
2. I would definitely not buy a windshield shade and then also buy a car cover for a car in the middle of winter.
3. Some have stated they believe the charcoal and matches mimics "Into the Wild" where a man abandons society and his last act before heading into
the Alaska wilds is to burn his money and his car.
In the couple of days prior to his disappearance Matthew had been pulling all nighters working on projects with various fellow students. He had
completed one of those the night before he disappeared...staying up into the morning hours. The student he worked with took the project and turned it
in electronically. The next day - Friday, December 14th, Matthew went to an ATM near campus (one that does not have a video camera so it cannot be
confirmed it was him, but I think subsequent actions show it must have been) and withdrew $400 from his account at 3:30 p.m. Just 45 minutes later he
came back to the same ATM and withdrew $100 more. Matthew's mother states he never withdrew money like that from his account accept when it was time
to pay rent/bills. But Matthew's roommate confirms rent and all bills had been paid at the first of the month. Matthew's mother states this was
very uncharacteristic of him, and his RICE friends find it uncharacteristic as well describing him as not really ever spending much money, or having
much use for it. By the way, he left over $1000 in the account after the two withdrawals, and FOUR UNCASHED PAYCHECKS THAT HE HADN'T EVEN BOTHERED
TO PICK UP. (If he got paid every 2 weeks this showed about 2 months of odd behavior that coincides with the timeline from the last time his family
saw him with the changed appearance.)
I believe the two transactions so close together show one of two things: 1. He either spent the 45 minutes buying items he did not want to show up
on his debit/credit card and started running out of money (items to prepare to leave???), OR 2. the irrational mind that had taken over was second
guessing itself and decided $400 was not enough, but $500 would be.
15 minutes after the second ATM withdrawal Matthew was seen by a fellow student at his apartment, in the kitchen, washing dishes.
Matthew was never seen again. But at 11:00 p.m. that night his roommate was asleep in bed and was woke up by some one coming in the apartment, who he
believed to be Matthew. He could hear what sounded like him rustling plastic bags. Apparently the roommate just fell back asleep.
At 11:47 p.m. December 14th Matthew gassed up his car - the same car he rarely drove - at a Valero station north, but still near, his apartment.
NOTE: This transaction required him to enter his personal pin number so it is believed this was definitely Matthew. That was the last activity
recorded for Matthew. No one has seen or heard from him since.
I believe Matthew's actions show irrationality and hint at schizophrenia. But the Houston police have decided to call this a voluntary
disappearance. Matthew has now been missing over a month.
I believe the current Matthew bought the car cover not to protect his car (as the Houston police have speculated), but to conceal his car. I believe
Matthew has gone some place to hide - from something or some one - either real or imaginary - but most definitely real to him.
I believe Matthew needs some one to find him. If he has survived the elements this far, he needs help.
[edit on 1-20-2008 by Valhall]