Former reservist with alleged links to neo-Nazi group missing: RCMP
Supplied photo of Patrik Mathews.
RCMP officer are searching for a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist, from Beausejour, Man., who has been accused of having ties to a neo-Nazi group.
Mounties note this is part of a missing persons investigation. There is no warrant for arrest or pending charges.
RCMP received word of Patrik Mathews’, 26, disappearance on Monday, and since then all attempts to find or contact him have been unsuccessful.
He was last seen by his family, who is concerned for his well-being, on Saturday evening. They ask Patrik to contact them or the RCMP immediately.
Mathews is described as five foot ten, 180 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. It is believed he is driving a red 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT with Manitoba licence plate number HXJ 806.
CTV News spoke to a family friend who said Mathews’ father has one request, "Patrik call your dad."
The friend described Mathews as a good kid, hard worker, polite with some pretty powerful views.
He said friends warned him about “this group.”
In a stament th Department of National defence said it's aware of the missing person investigation and Mathews was not under CAF supervision when he went missing. It notes he was "never issued any military weapons as neither reservist nor regular force personnel are permitted to store military weapons at home."
The statement says since Mathews is in the process of releasing from the CAF he has returned his military equipment, which includes his rucksack, sleeping equipment, load-bearing vest, canteen camouflage uniforms and cold weather gear.
"As this is a civilian police matter, the CAF is not currently assisting with the RCMP’s search. However, we will fully cooperate with the RCMP’s investigation in any way we can, and we hope for the safe return of MCpl Mathews to his family.Anyone with information on Mathews well-being is asked to contact RCMP at 204-268-1234 or Crime Stoppers," it said.
- With files from CTV's Jill Macyshon