Matthew Paul Garnes

Above: Matthew, circa 1984


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 26, 1984 from Tacoma, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 26, 1968
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Matthew has a freckled complexion. He has a three-inch scar on his right cheek and healed fractures to his right elbow and right foot. His nickname is Matt.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black leather Wilson's Leather jacket, a sleeveless black t-shirt with the Iron Maiden logo, jeans with a 30-inch waist, size 9 1/2 Nike sneakers, a silver chain necklace and a black, maroon and gray scarf.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Matthew left his Tacoma, Washington home on December 26, 1984, driving a gold 1974 Plymouth Duster with the Washington license plate number BUX-160. He told his parents he was going to Portland, Oregon. He has never been heard from again.

    Matthew was a student at Curtis High School in 1984. He was on a baseball team and also had a part-time job at Texaco. Authorities presumed he had run away, but the circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pierce County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 30, 2016; clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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