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Missing Matthew David Pendergrast
Pendergrast, circa 2000
Missing Since 12/01/2000
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 01/04/1977 (44)
Age 23 years old
Height and Weight 5'6, 110 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A black leather cord necklace with a blue crystal pendant.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Pendergrast is right-handed. He has facial dimples. His nicknames are Matt and Mateo.
Pendergrast was scheduled to attend a Spanish class four blocks from his home that morning. He never arrived and has not been seen again. He apparently called a friend in Atlanta that morning; it was the last time anyone has heard from him.
Pendergrast's SUV was discovered abandoned in Lonoke County, Arkansas at approximately 2:00 p.m. that day. The vehicle was located on a private dirt road off of south Kerr Road near Interstate 40, parked near the edge of Bayou Meta, a swamp often used by area hunters. It was unlocked and his keys were in the ignition.
About 100 yards away were his clothes: blue jeans, a t-shirt, shoes and socks. His wallet, containing his driver's license and other identification, as well as credit cards and $46 in cash, was still in the jeans pocket. There was no sign of Pendergrast near his vehicle. Extensive searches of the surrounding area produced no clues as to his whereabouts.
His family doesn't believe he would have taken his own life, and there's no evidence that he was involved with drugs or any other illegal activity.
Authorities have classified Pendergrast's disappearance as suspicious; at least one investigator believes the scene with his clothing was staged. It's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. His case remains unsolved.
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