Coast Guardsman in custody after disappearance

  • Article by: AUDREY McAVOY
  • Associated Press
  • January 23, 2013 - 3:17 PM

HONOLULU - A Coast Guardsman who disappeared more than three months ago and showed up at his home over the weekend is in military custody at Pearl Harbor after being released from the hospital.

Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said Wednesday that Tripler Army Medical Center medically cleared and released Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews on Tuesday night.

Maestas says Matthews was in the process of being discharged from the Coast Guard for illegally using marijuana when his wife reported him missing in October.

He's now confined at the Naval Brig at Pearl Harbor while the Coast Guard investigates his case.

Maestas says Matthews is in custody because his unauthorized absence for three months and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance make him a flight risk.

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