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Missing Coast Guard Officer Found: Russell Matthews Resurfaces After Three Months

January 24, 2013

Coast Guardsman Russell Matthews, long feared dead, has miraculously reappeared three months after he went missing, albeit very dazed and confused.

The Petty Officer First Class was incoherent when he returned to his home in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday and is currently in the hospital for observation.

Where has he been all this time? No one knows.

Both family and colleagues are understandably overjoyed, but also baffled at where he has been since vanishing on October 9, according to reports.

However, Coast Guard investigators looking into his disappearance won?t question him until he?s released by doctors, said Lt. Gene Maestas.

?We?ll try to find out why he disappeared and all the details surrounding his case,? he said.

Police feared him lost at sea after finding the rescue swimmer?s car at Kaena Point, a remote area of Oahu, after his new wife reported him missing.

Friends had described him as emotionally distraught and concerned for his welfare.

Matthews was being investigated for illegal use of drugs, specifically marijuana, before he disappeared, which could have resulted in his discharge.

October 2012 also marked the one-year anniversary of when Russell Matthews' first wife, Cara, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Matthews is an aviation survival technician and 15-year veteran of the Coast Guard.

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