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  Finding Our Son
  Posted by: vcmtthws on Jul-05-14 2:50 AM (EST)

On June 6th, 2014 our Son, Vernon Cody Matthews (a Berkeley California Anthropology Senior and an avid outdoorsman/paddler) went for an afternoon hike from his parent’s cabin in the El Dorado Wilderness. He never returned. After arguably the most extensive search in memory (involving 488 searchers), the mystery remains unsolved. See: or Google: Vernon Cody Matthews for more information.

It is possible that for whatever reason, he is alive and out of our area. We have taken him on over 50 lakes across the western half of the US and in Canada, and he has done a few more on his own. He owns a Cortez touring kayak and two Wenonah canoes (a Jenson 18’ and an Aurora). He left both behind, along with his canoe and kayak gear.

We are hoping that, if he did leave the area, he will eventually want to go paddling…AND somebody will recognize him. If you do, or if you have any leads, please contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 621-6600. We can’t possibly express what this means to us. Thank you so much. Vern and Cynthia Matthews

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  Finding Our Son
  Posted by: vcmtthws on Jul-25-14 9:41 AM (EST)
The Sacramento Bee did a great followup article...
  Finding Our Son
  Posted by: vcmtthws on Jul-30-14 3:52 PM (EST)
Update: There was a reported sighting along the Pacific Crest Trail. The reporting party was a backpacker that believes he met him on the trail. Because word had not got out enough, it wasn't until he got back from his trip and saw a flyer that he realized who he might have met. The already delayed report went to the detective, but the detective wasn't able to start following up until recently. We are hoping the reporting party is still available and so we are also waiting for an update from the detective. I guess I can't stress enough the importance of keeping the word out there and keeping his search alive (even if just passing out flyers or idle chat around a table or on fb or around a campfire or kayaking or on a mountain bike run or off roading gathering or on a hike or something). For those who have been actively doing just that, a big thank you. We may be looking at a payoff for our efforts. Anybody can help just by downloading and printing up some flyers or forward this message. If we can validate he is in fact off in the woods somewhere and is doing OK, at least we will have the peace of mind knowing that our Son is still alive and well (vs any other prospect at this point). If you are a parent, I’m sure you can understand where we are coming from. Any other questions you can visit or simply Google Vernon Cody Matthews. Thank you for your time, thoughts, and prayers.

Vern Matthews
Cody’s father


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