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Coast Guard officials confirmed that the 15-year veteran was being investigated for illegal drug use just before he vanished.
Maestas said Tuesday that if his disappearance was the result of using illegal drugs he would be “separated” from the Coast Guard.
Meanwhile, Matthews’ family continued to receive his normal pay and benefits while he was gone, although it’s unclear whether they ever heard from him and might have known of his whereabouts these past few months, Hawaii News Now reported.
Matthews had also been dealing with personal traumas in recent years, the station said: Four of his colleagues were killed in a helicopter crash during a training session in September 2008.
In 2009, his first wife was struck by a car and she committed suicide two years later.
While the Coast Guard looks to interview Matthews, the Honolulu Police Department is closing the case because it’s not against the law to go missing, a spokeswoman said
Originally posted by stirling
Moreover what happened to his car for the three months?
did he sleep in it?
You would think that his car would have been located much sooner....nothing adds up here.........
Sgt Kim Buffett, of Honolulu Police, said detectives had no reason to pursue the case as it is not against the law to be missing, she said. She said the police case was closed now that Mr Matthews has been found.