Courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Vernon “Cody” Mathews

Hunt for missing hiker takes to air and water

Published: Friday, Jun. 13, 2014 - 11:54 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 - 7:55 am

The widening search for the missing Berkeley student continued on Friday, with authorities searching by air, land and water.

Vernon “Cody” Matthews, 23, has not been seen or heard from since June 6, when he apparently left his family cabin near Ice House Reservoir for a hike. He had been staying at the cabin alone and without a vehicle. His last known contact was a phone conversation with his mother June 6. That’s also the last date his cell phone was used, said officials from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office.

Search and rescue teams began the search effort June 7. The search is complicated by the fact that authorities don’t know what Matthews was wearing when he went missing. Authorities also are exploring leads suggesting he was outside of the search area.

“The search for Vernon “Cody” Mathews over the last few days has not revealed any new information indicating his whereabouts. Sheriff D’Agostini is still dedicated to determining Cody’s location and search operations are continuing,” the release states.

Search and rescue personnel from El Dorado, Solano, Placer and Contra Costa Counties as well as members of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue team and the California Rescue Dog Association are engaged in the search.

A California Highway Patrol Helicopter is searching by air, and dive and a white water team is searching waterways.

Call The Bee’s Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @NewsFletch.

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