For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780
MISSING STUDENT FOUND
Berkeley, California (Thursday, August 14, 2008) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide detectives have confirmed that a University of California, Berkeley (UCPD) officer has located Matthew J. Wilson, the 21 year old Rice University (Houston, Texas) student who had been reported missing in December 2007. Wilson was found in Dwinelle Hall on the UC Campus this evening and was detained as a possible theft suspect. During the contact, he eventually identified himself to the UCPD officer as Matthew Wilson.
A resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, Wilson was a junior at Rice University where he was a computer science major at the time he went missing on December 15, 2007 from his off campus Houston apartment. On June 10, 2008, BPD found Wilson’s 2004 silver Dodge Neon in the 1200 block of Allston Way in West Berkeley.
BPD Homicide detectives had been assisting the Rice University Police Department with the Wilson case. Wilson’s disappearance had garnered national attention and was the subject of several searches and extensive outreach by non-profit groups and highlighted on a variety of websites devoted to missing person cases. Several entities, including the Wilson family and Rice University were offering a total of $25,000 in reward money for information regarding Wilson’s disappearance and/or whereabouts.
A BPD detective who has been working on the case is interviewing Wilson with hopes of learning the circumstances as to what Wilson has been doing over the last eight months. UCPD is conducting the ongoing theft investigation. No further details will be available pending the completion of interviews.