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Matthew Greene: Missing while hiking near Mammoth Lakes

Matthew Green goes missing while hiking

While authorities are checking the prescription on a pair of glasses found in Yosemite Park, searchers continue to look Matthew Green, the missing teacher from Nazareth Area High School in Pennsylvania.

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Matthew Greene, 39, was an experienced hiker and decided to hike in the Eastern Sierra.  When his car broke down he told friends to go on with out him.
Matthew texted his friends at 9:30 on July 16, 2013 before going to bed at Shady Rest Campground in Mammoth Lakes where he was staying  while he was waiting the couple of days for his car to be repaired.

Then Matthew disappears.  He never returned to pick up his car, he never used his cell phone again and he has not used his credit cards.

Then last week searchers came across a pair of glasses hanging on a sign at a trail head last week near Inyo Craters, reports The Morning Call.

It was not know whether they belonged to Matthew or not, until the prescription was checked.

Walking along that steep and rugged terrain, you would definitely would need your glasses to see, besides anyone that wears glasses knows that opting to carry them in a pocket or backpack is something you would not do anyway, as going with out glasses means you are looking at everything blurry.

But, there are many, many photos of Matthew without his glasses, even climbing on the rocks.

Then on Monday, Dan Watson posted on Help Find Matthew Greene Facebook page:

“The glasses found at the trailhead to Inyo Craters were just inspected by an optometrist in Bishop. They are “cheaters” and do not have a prescription anything similar to Matthew’s.”

“Help Find Matthew Greene” Facebook Page

Matthew Greene, 39,  from Bethlehem, Pa., was reported missing on July 29 after he did not meet up with friends as planned. Family members told officials that Matthew is an avid sportsman and was passing through the Mammoth Lakes area to do some hiking and camping and climb peaks.

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This is the post on Matthew’s Facebook page that explains it all and tells his story in great detail:

Matt had yellow LaSportiva Nepal Extremes, a dark grey/black pack, blue hat, and was probably wearing a long sleeve shirt with a darker (green/black) short sleeve on top. Not sure about Bivy gear color or make.

“Matt has been missing from the Mammoth Lakes area since July 17, 2013.

Matt was hiking/climbing with some friends in the Mammoth Lakes region and staying at the Shady Rest campground.  Prior to his disappearance he happened upon some car trouble (his Subaru blew a head gasket).  Matt stayed behind while his car was repaired at the Norco Goodyear repair shop with plans to meet up with friends in CO down the line.  His last known phone call was to the repair shop around 4:30 pm on July 16th, with some texts to said friend around 8-8:30 that same night.  Additionally, his last use of credit cards was a purchase in mammoth lakes that same day.

When Matt did not meet up with friends as planned, it was discovered that his car was waiting, fixed, for over a week and he had not returned to the campsite where his gear was and where he had been paying day-to-day in anticipation of his car being ready on the 18th and moving on.  Matt’s friends called the MLPD, and Detective Hornbeck then called my parents.  Matt’s cell phone is dead and/or untraceable.  It’s also possible that it’s damaged or he is just somewhere he can’t get a signal; there is no way to tell.  The last signal was traced to a cell phone tower on top of Mammoth Mountain that was pointing north towards the main ski area.

Matt is 39, approximately 5’11”, 155 lb, with blondish/brown short hair and blue eyes.  He was carrying a large black/white backpack (pictured directly in back of his car in the picture), yellow LaSportiva Nepal Extremes, crampons, and one ice axe.  He had a blue hat, and was probably wearing a long sleeve shirt with a darker (green/black) short sleeve on top.   He did not have his tent, bivvy, sleeping bag, stove, or green heavy jacket indicating he only expected to do a day hike.

There were not any permits registered with the wilderness office.  The best clue thus far was that there were pages torn out of Matt’s guide for Mt. Ritter, however searches at Banner/Ritter did not yield anything and he had not signed the summit registers. Matt tended to tear the pages out of his book (guide by R.J. Secor), carry them with, and then reinsert them when he’d completed the hike.

A hiker checked the register at the summit of Mt. Lyell but did not see Matt’s signature.

In regards to using dogs to help search; SAR pointed out that any trails would already be 2 weeks old, the terrain is too treacherous for the dogs, and they also would have smoke from the forest fire interfering with any scents.

Without any further leads or direction, SAR is currently focusing on calling/emailing those who obtained permits and/or signed summit registers in the region around the time of Matt’s disappearance.

Matt teaches high school math in Nazareth, PA and lives in Bethlehem, PA.  He tends to spend every spring/winter/summer break in the outdoors – smaller jaunts in NY and heading out west for the summers.  Prior to his current position, Matt was in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea from 98-02 and then some – I believe he extended his service a few years but I don’t have the dates.

Matt is no novice in the outdoors; he knows what he’s doing and is a careful, critical thinker.  What would be a 3 day hike for many experienced people would be a one day hike for him.  What can I say but Matt has wings and flies over the land when he’s out there; at least from what I’ve seen and I’ve not even seen him in his element.

Matt is humble and kind and quick to help others.  I’ve gotten so many responses through this page from former students, old high school classmates, college classmates, current friends and colleagues.  It is fair to say that Matt is a highly respected, highly loved individual.  I and the family are in awe and appreciate everyone’s support in this difficult time and just ask that you keep the prayers coming that there will be a good outcome to all of this.

If you know ANYTHING, please call Detective Doug Hornbeck at (760) 932-7549 x 17, or the Mammoth Lakes Police at (760) 934-2536.”


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3 thoughts on “Matthew Greene: Missing while hiking near Mammoth Lakes

  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Greene family and his friends from NAHS. Although we don't know Matt personally, we hear so many wonderful things about him….we imagine him to be a close friend of ours. My daughter has Mr. Greene next semester for math and it won't be the same without him. We are hopeful…miracles do happen….NAHS misses u Mr. Greene!!

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