Family of missing man offer $50,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts

Oyin Balogun
Jan 12, 2019
06:18 P.M.
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It is a sad period for the family of 21-year-old Matthew Weaver; the young man has been missing since August last year, in the Malibu area of Los Angeles. 


Mathew's car was found abandoned about a mile and half off Saddle Peak Road, yet unfortunately, he was nowhere near the environs. 


His family has reached out to the public for help. They released 797 aerial pictures taken by a drone above the Santa Monica Mountain wilderness area; the images of high resolution are tied to GPS locations. 

There is hope that with these shots, well-wishers will be able to spot something that can help find Matthew. Although his family is hoping for the best, they are also realistic; therefore preparing for the worst.


They have offered a reward of $50,000 to anyone who has information leading to the young man's whereabouts. The compensation was made since last year and is still in effect; it was announced at a news conference in mid-October.

“I have hope that he's not here and we're just wasting our time out here”  Matthew Weaver’s sister Colleen Weaver- Ferrall said.

The family says the police have been very helpful, but leads seem to have ended, so they are grasping at anything.

Matthew was last seen on August 10th in the 2600 blocks of Stearns Street in Simi Valley. Later that evening he sent a text message to a friend from the Las Rosas Overlook area.


Recently, the family of sixteen-year-old Bridget Kelley also pleaded to the public to help find their daughter who went missing on Christmas day. The police also released descriptions of what the teenager looked like on December 25th. 

James Closs, another teenager was found after she suddenly disappeared and her parents were found murdered.

Weaver had just relocated to Granada Hills shortly before his disappearance. He is Caucasian, an average height of 5feet 10inches; weighs about 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The high-resolution images were taken via drone by Brad Baker of Chris Nelson & Association in cooperation with Mountain Restoration Trust. 


“We love him and miss him so much.” 


Matthew Weaver Snr said about his son, during his appeal to the public to help find out what happened to his son. The elderly man also used the opportunity to tell his son if he was listening that he should stay strong; help is coming.

Hopefully, Weaver is found and can reunite with his family soon. 

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