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Search Underway for UC Berkeley Student Missing in El Dorado County Wilderness

Vernon "Cody" Matthews was last heard from on Friday before he went on a hike.

Vernon "Cody" Matthews
Vernon "Cody" Matthews
A large search of a wilderness area in El Dorado County has been underway since Saturday for a University of California at Berkeley student who did not return to a family cabin after a hike, sheriff's officials said.
 
Vernon "Cody" Matthews, 23, was dropped off in the Ice House area on Wednesday and last spoke to his mother on Friday before he went for a hike and has not been heard from since, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. Matthews was staying in the cabin by himself.

An avid hiker and climber, he knows the area well but left all of his belongings at the cabin, sheriff's officials said. His cellphone hasn't been used since Friday. Matthews is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 160 to 220 pounds, has shoulder-length strawberry blond hair and a full red beard.
 
Search and rescue teams from Placer, Nevada, Sacramento and Douglas counties are assisting in the search, using search dogs, mounted officers, off-road vehicles and hikers.

The California Highway Patrol is also searching by helicopter. According to his Facebook page, Matthews is an archaeology major at UC Berkeley. He is listed as an officer in the school's Anthropology Undergraduate Association on UC Berkeley's website.
 
Matthews also performs as a rapper under the name MC Thor, a reference to his long blond locks.

—By Bay City News
Lou Judson June 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Don't give up hope! If he is prepared and smart, he'll sutvive. Read this: http://www.angelsinthewilderness.com/

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