Matthew Weaver Jr. vanished in August 2018 in Malibu, California. His family is offering a reward of $50,000 to whoever finds him. They are worried for his safety and hope that he is found safe and sound. Here’s everything you need to know about his case in this Matthew Weaver wiki.
Who Is Matthew Weaver Jr.?
According to his Facebook profile, 21-year-old Matthew Weaver Jr. used to live in Simi Valley, California with his stepmother Brooke Tipton. Weaver Jr. had been raised by Tipton since he was a toddler.
|About Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr.|
|Parents||Matthew Jonathan Weaver Sr., Christina Klopka|
|Last Seen Location||Malibu, California|
|Last Seen Date||August 10, 2018|
Weaver Jr. eventually moved out of her house and into an apartment located in Granada Hills because it was closer to his workplace. Before he went missing, Weaver Jr. worked as a lineman for a telephone pole construction company.
Weaver Jr. was following in his father Matthew Weaver Sr.’s footsteps by working as a lineman.
He is very close to his brother, 17, and two sisters, 14 and 24. His mother is Christina Klopka.
Some of his interests include racing cars and rescuing dogs.
Weaver Jr. is described as being 5’10” tall and weighing around 130 lbs. He has hazel eyes and brown hair.
Matthew Weaver Jr. Vanishes
On August 10, 2018, Weaver Jr. disappeared in Malibu, California. Tipton explained that when she saw him in August, Weaver Jr. had recently ended things with his long-term girlfriend.
However, he was moving on and had already made new friends.
On August 9, Weaver Jr. collected his paycheck from his dad and Tipton’s ex-husband, Weaver Sr., for whom he worked.
Tipton revealed that Weaver Jr. had informed his father that he was going to meet his new female friend at night. His family later learned that, a little after midnight, Weaver Jr. had gone to his friend’s house to pick her up.
The pair partied together and he dropped her off at her place around 4:30 a.m. on August 10.
Matthew Weaver Jr.’s cell phone records show that he drove toward the Malibu Canyons near Rosas Overlook above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas.
In fact, Weaver Jr. posted a Snapchat video of the view from the trail around 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. Additionally, surveillance footage shows his car driving near a gated area on the trail at 7:12 a.m. He was even texting the woman he had been partying with the previous night.
Weaver Jr. called that friend around 11:30 a.m., but she was at work and texted him to ask what was up. He texted her something jumbled to which she replied by asking if he was okay. Weaver Jr.’s texts talked about “crazy (stuff) going on” and talking “while I have the chance.”
His stepmother says that Weaver Jr.’s phone is still linked to the same account that his ex-girlfriend also uses. This is why she was able to go through the records. The records suggest that the cryptic text messages comprised the last activity on his phone before it was switched off or the battery died.
Tipton says that she doesn’t know the identity of the woman who was with Weaver Jr. before he went missing. However, she says the authorities have interviewed this friend.
Matthew Weaver Jr.’s Car Found
On August 11, 2018, hikers reported hearing a man and woman calling for help in the area where surveillance footage had captured Matthew Weaver Jr.’s car.
While searching for the people who apparently needed help, the California Highway Patrol found Weaver Jr.’s car, a silver BMW. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said his car was “abandoned on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook, and above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas.”
The vehicle is registered under the name of Weaver Sr., which is why the authorities went to his house around 5:00 a.m. to ask about the car they had discovered.
They informed Weaver Sr. of the 911 call that had come in earlier in the morning about the cries for help. They also asked about Weaver Jr.’s whereabouts.
Weaver Jr.’s landlord told his father that he hadn’t Weaver Jr. for a few days. The elder Weaver then called Tipton to ask if Weaver Jr. was with her, but he was not.
Matthew Weaver Jr. Reported Missing
Tipton said the family got in touch with Matthew Weaver Jr.’s friends, but none of them had seen him. He was then reported missing to the Lost Hills County Sheriff’s Department. His case was later transferred to the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit.
Since Weaver Jr.’s disappearance, police, family, and friends have searched for him multiple times.
Unfortunately, police couldn’t find any evidence in his car and they never recovered any of Weaver Jr.’s belongings in the surrounding area.
Weaver Jr.’s Parents and Siblings Are Worried
During an October 2018 news conference announcing the $50,000 reward, Weaver Sr. described his son as being very kind and passionate about animals.
“This has devastated our family and friends,” Weaver Sr. said. “We love and miss him so much, so please help us find out what happened to him.”
James Weaver, Weaver Jr.’s uncle, said he is scared that his nephew might have started hanging out with wrong people before he went missing.
Weaver Jr.’s sister, flanked by her two siblings, also pleaded with the public to help find their brother. His mother Klopka remains hopeful that Weaver Jr. is safe somewhere.
GoFundMe Page Set up for Search Funds
Matthew Weaver Jr.’s family and friends have step up a GoFundMe account seeking financial aid. The account page says, “We have just hired a private investigator, which is far out of our budget, and are asking for any donation you can make to help continue the search for Matthew.
“All funds go directly to the search, and if your donation enables just an hour more of work from the private investigator, that could mean the difference between finding Matthew or not.”
There is also a Facebook page that provides updates on the case.
Matthew Weaver Sr. is shown during a news conference updating the public on the search for his son on Oct. 16, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)#HelpfindMatthewWeaverJr
Weaver Jr. was last seen around 9:30 p.m. on August 10, 2018 in the 2600 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley, according to the LAPD. The private investigator, Jayden Brant, says that Weaver Jr. spent around six to six-and-a-half hours at the location on the morning of August 10.
Tipton said, “There is no way that kid just fell off the grid and disappeared. For me, that’s not possible. I’m super-close with Matthew. He tells me everything. He calls me anytime he’s in a bind. He would never let his little siblings sit here and think he might be dead.
“After the third day, I cried to my mom and said, ‘He’s dead,’” she said. “I hate to sound hopeless, but if there’s a chance that he’s alive somewhere, then he’s being held against his will.”
Weaver Jr. was last seen wearing a white or black plain shirt, black dickie pants, red sneakers, and an L.A. Angels baseball cap. He was driving a silver/gray BMW 3 Series.
If anybody has any information about Matthew Weaver Jr., they can contact the LAPD at 213-996-1800 or leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-358-3830 or on the web site of the private investigator.