Police renew request for information on missing men 05-16-02

PHONE: 961-2379
MAY 16, 2002

Cassidy Toole Wesley Alan Matherson
John McGovern THREE SOUGHT-Police are seeking information about the whereabouts of three men. Tnhey are, from top left, Cassidy Toole, Wesley Alan Matheson and John McGovern. Toole and Matheson disappeared under unusual circumstances on May 8, 2002, after a single car accident in Ka'u.


Big Island police have renewed a request for information about two men who have disappeared under unusual circumstances.

The two men have been missing since Wednesday last week (May 8, 2002) when they were seen hitchhiking near the scene of a single-car accident in Ka’u.

One of the missing men has been positively identified as Cassidy M. Toole, 20, of a Fern Acres address in Puna. The other has been tentatively identified as his roommate, Wesley Alan Matheson, also 20.

The two were believed to have been in a black 2001 Honda Civic LX two-door sedan at about 7 a.m. Wednesday (May 8, 2002) when the car ran off the road and into a ditch near the 70-mile marker of Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in the South Point area.

The two apparently left the car in the ditch and were last seen being picked up by a red sedan as they were hitchhiking along the highway.

Neither man has been seen or heard from since.

Their sedan was later found stripped of its tires and rims, gray bucket seats, stereo and battery.

Police are seeking information about the whereabouts of either of the missing men, the missing car parts or about the red sedan that reportedly picked them up.

They are also seeking information about a third person, identified as John McGovern, 18, of a Hawaiian Acres address in Puna. McGovern, who was last seen in Kona, may have information about what happened to the two missing men, police said.

Toole is described as being 6-feet-1 in height, weighing 152 pounds and having brown hair and hazel eyes.

Matheson is described as being 5-feet-7 in height, weighing 128 pounds and having blond hair and hazel eyes. He also has a large tattoo with the word “Matheson” on his back and a tattoo of a mermaid and fairies on one of his shoulders. He reported had shaved his head and was wearing strands of dreadlocks.

McGovern is described as being 6 feet in height, weighing about 215 pounds with a medium build and having brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Richard Miyamoto of the Hilo Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2379, the Puna Patrol at 966-5835, the Ka’u Patrol at 939-2520 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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