Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 2:17 pm in Uncategorized.
So as it turns out, the missing Rice University student’s car that was found in West Berkeley last month was cluttered with books and notes on how to assume a new identity. And we thought he was hiding in the tree grove at Cal.
“There was literature in the vehicle which discusses how somebody would go about pursuing a new identification or persona,” Berkley police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel told the Houston Chronicle, which has been following every move int he case. “His prints were on everything.”
Police discovered the 2004 silver Dodge Neon, belonging to 21-year-old Rice student Matthew J. Wilson, on the 1200 block of Allston Way in mid-June and believe it was sitting there for about a month. The car did not appear to have been dumped and had clothes and a backpack belonging to Wilson inside.
But riight away people started to speculate: could Wilson be one of the protesters that has been living in a tree grove at the UC Berkeley for 18-months?
Police now say no and have turned the car over to the family as it’s no longer considered evidence.
Still, the computer science major from Haworth, Okla. remains missing.
He was last seen on Dec. 14, when police say he withdrew $400 from a Houston ATM. About an hour later, he took out an additional $100 from an ATM.
He then returned to his off-campus apartment that he shared with a roommate and washed some dishes. About 11 p.m., the roommate said Wilson came into the apartment with what sounded like plastic grocery bags, according to a timeline posted on the Web site findmattwilson.org.
Shortly before midnight, Wilson used a debit card to fill his Dodge neon with gas. The card was not used again.
He has not been seen since.
Rice is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Wilson.