On June 6th, 2014 our Son, Vernon Cody Matthews (a Berkeley California Anthropology Senior and an avid outdoorsman/paddler) went for an afternoon hike from his parent’s cabin in the El Dorado Wilderness. He never returned. After arguably the most extensive search in memory (involving 488 searchers), the mystery remains unsolved. See: bringhomevernoncodymatthews.weebly.com or Google: Vernon Cody Matthews for more information.
It is possible that for whatever reason, he is alive and out of our area. We have taken him on over 50 lakes across the western half of the US and in Canada, and he has done a few more on his own. He owns a Cortez touring kayak and two Wenonah canoes (a Jenson 18’ and an Aurora). He left both behind, along with his canoe and kayak gear.
We are hoping that, if he did leave the area, he will eventually want to go paddling…AND somebody will recognize him. If you do, or if you have any leads, please contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 621-6600. We can’t possibly express what this means to us. Thank you so much. Vern and Cynthia Matthews