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Well, the missing student isn’t in the tree grove after all…

By kbender
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.”

There was also a book in the car on how to live on the cheap in San Francisco.

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.

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One Response to “Well, the missing student isn’t in the tree grove after all…”

  1. L K Tucker Says:

    Wilson is not the only student missing under strange circumstances. Each of the stories is different. The connection is that they were all high achieving students, in a period of intense study, or had just finished a large project.

    Ahmad Arain recovered and returned six weeks after he disappeared from a bus while on his way to a meeting at UCLA. His family admitted he had a mental break. A Mexican family found him wandering in a altered mental state. He recovered enough to remember the email address and how to use a computer.

    Ron Tammen has been missing from Miami of Ohio for fifty years. He walked away while studying psychology in April of 53. A woman identified him from pictures as having approached her home in a confused state. He didn’t know his name. After asking for directions to a bus stop he walked away ill dressed for the cold April night. There was snow on the ground. A murder victim found in north Georgia in July 1953 is being investigated to see if it is Tammen.

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