Missing Rice student found in California

August 14, 2008 3:14:41 AM PDT
A Rice University student who has been missing since December has been located.Matthew Wilson, 21, was found by a University of California, Berkeley (UCPD) officer in a building on that campus. Police say he was detained as a possible theft suspect. He eventually identified himself to the officer.

Matthew Wilson, a junior majoring in computer science, was last seen by his roommate in their off campus apartment on December 14th just days before he was supposed to turn in his final.

In June, his abandoned car was found in Berkley, California. The vehicle reportedly contained books about assuming a new identity and how to live cheaply in San Francisco.

His mom, Cathy Wilson, was helping out with the search for him in Berkeley, California. From her home in Oklahoma she told Eyewitness News that she has not had a dream about Matthew since his disappearance until Wednesday night. That dream was interrupted by the phone call from Rice University police with the news her son had been found.

Cathy has not talked to Matthew yet and plans to travel to California to see him. She believes he could have been trying to go to college out there. She also said she'll bring a lawyer if her son is in any kind of trouble.

The Berkeley Police Department had been assisting the Rice University Police Department with the Wilson case. Wilson's disappearance had garnered national attention with a $25,000 reward offered for information on his whereabouts.

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