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Coast Guardsman who surfaces after search is investigation target

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:19 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

A 15-year veteran Coast Guardsman who surfaced Sunday after disappearing four months ago and touching off an extensive air, land and water search is the subject of an investigation into drug use, a Coast Guard spokes­man said today.

At the time of his disappearance, Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews was being investigated for illegal use of drugs, specifically marijuana, said Coast Guard spokes­man Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas. Illegal drug use is an offense that could result in a Coast Guard member’s discharge.

Matthews turned up at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, police said in a CrimeStoppers bulletin issued Tuesday.

The father of two showed up at his wife’s North Shore home but did not live there, Maestas said.

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keola2011 wrote:
AWOL more like it
on January 22,2013 | 11:30AM
cojef wrote:
More than that, probably had been on a binge of designer drugs rendering or causing him to become incoherent. His brains must be frizzled. Simply pupule! Too bad! Had a very important, exciting and interesting occupation. Sad.
on January 22,2013 | 11:52AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Maybe an emotional breakdown?
on January 22,2013 | 01:04PM
honopic wrote:
What's sad is you jumping to illogical conclusions, as usual. Don't you have anything better to do with your time?
on January 22,2013 | 01:21PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Brah - jumping to conclusions, logical, illogical or otherwise is a hallmark of the SA comment pages. Get used to it.
on January 22,2013 | 03:34PM
PCWarrior wrote:
I think he ran away with Manti's imaginary girlfriend.
on January 22,2013 | 12:05PM
hanoz808 wrote:
LOL! his abduction was a hoax!
on January 22,2013 | 12:44PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Your timing is impeccable!
on January 22,2013 | 01:26PM
Ripoff wrote:
Braddah went Phillipines for hemo lol
on January 22,2013 | 12:25PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
shame on all you people making assumptions/jokes about what he might be going through. What if the guy got struck with amnesia? Or maybe he started having schizophrenia or something like that. Don't talk smack unless you actually know, or else you know what happens-- bachi....
on January 22,2013 | 12:40PM
scooters wrote:
I'm with you on this. Those other comments are made by idiots.
on January 22,2013 | 01:26PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I agree. I'm glad this man was found safely and hope all is well with him.
on January 22,2013 | 01:37PM
Grimbold wrote:
Why can`t people not let their musings get out. There certaqinly was a big worm in this guy`s story , disappearing and all!
on January 22,2013 | 10:01PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I am very happy that this man is alive. When the story broke, I was one that opined that he ran away and the search needed to end after 3 days.Something feels terribly wrong with his sudden appearance. I wish him well but this story is not over.
on January 22,2013 | 02:27PM
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on January 22,2013 | 04:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Does not give the name of the photographer. Almost always the HSA asks for the photographer's name. HSA must have been desperate to get the pic, if it allowed it to be published without the name of the photographer.
on January 22,2013 | 06:36PM
luv2play wrote:
not a current pic
on January 22,2013 | 06:45PM
luv2play wrote:
i spoke to soon. saw another pic which makes me think the same thing.
on January 22,2013 | 10:08PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"Honolulu Police Sgt. Kim Buffett of Crimestoppers said Matthews isn't giving the police a statement because he's in the hospital. Detectives have no reason to pursue the case as it's not against the law to be missing, she said." Great, otherwise u guys at HSA would send a detective to my front door to try to find out why i go missing on these forums for months at a time. In the world of the bear, it is called hibernation. In the world of human beings it is called The United States of America. Really, for example, about a year ago, i had no idea that Ben Cayetano had decided to run for mayor. So being away has its advantages. Almost like returning from the dead lol and i am not referring to Ben, i am just talking, although returning from the dead sounds good in relation to Ben. Just an ad lib.
on January 22,2013 | 06:32PM
bumbye wrote:
Abducted by aliens?! Seriously, I hope he's OK.
on January 22,2013 | 08:26PM
NoFlippinWay wrote:
Russell, I told you it takes about 4 weeks to clear your system, not 4 months!
on January 22,2013 | 09:39PM
mauiray wrote:
perfect plan, dissapear a few months to get the system cleaned out, should test negative now for drug use...
on January 22,2013 | 09:45PM
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