UPDATE: Matthew Hygh has been found and he is safe. A stranger convinced him to call his parents and on Monday night he was reunited with his dad in Downey.
Friends and family members have been posting on Matt’s Facebook page that they are thankful he’s alright.
“Our son was lost but now is found. Safe and sound. More details later but this ordeal is over. What a family of friends we have gathered here. Your prayers and support kept us going. Please give us some time to praise God for bringing Matt back to us and then we will fill you in on all the miraculous things that took place to bring us back together. Looking forward to a good nights sleep.”
Matt Hygh, 19, who attends San Diego Christian College is missing reports San Diego 6 news.
The family and his friends believe that Matt may be seeking spiritual knowledge and communion with nature as he was a fan of the book written by Jon Krakauer, “Into the Wild” who divorced himself from his friends, family, and possessions in search of a greater spiritual knowledge and communion with nature.
“We assume at this point that he’s made a decision to go off the grid, and he’s just not equipped to do that, so his safety is really in question at this time,” said Tim Hygh, Matt’s father.
Authorities had said that Matt’s green Hyundai was seen on Highway 86 near Indio on March 15, around 11:00 p.m.. The checkpoint is not far from Slab City, one of the locations that is in the film adaption of the book, said Tim.
Matt is 5’10” tall, 140 pounds. Matt’s Facebook page