04-23-2013, 07:47 AM #1
IA - Matthew John Ferris, 20, Des Moines, 7-Mar-1991
The Doe Network:
Case File 240DMIA
Matthew John Ferris
Missing since March 7, 1991 from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: November 15, 1970
Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'10; 140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes.
Medical Conditions: Ferris was treated for depression prior to his disappearance.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Ferris first disappeared from his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa on July 25, 1990. He told his family he needed the day off of work to help a friend move; his father later discovered a note from Ferris at the family's home, in which his son apologized for any pain his disappearance may cause his loved ones.
Ferris returned to Iowa one week later, apparently frightened.
Ferris underwent psychiatric treatment for the next six months. He also enrolled at Iowa State University.
Ferris was last seen by his family in February of 1991. He was behaving abnormally; Ferris' father stated that he seemed to be exhibiting manic behavior and was happy, which was unlike Ferris' character at the time. After telling his family he was going to the movies, Ferris disappeared. He apparently headed to Custer State Park in South Dakota. His family believes that Ferris elected to travel to that destination because he enjoyed Native American folklore.
Ferris has never been heard from again. He was reported missing on March 7, 1991.
If you have any information concerning Ferris' whereabouts, please contact:
Des Moines Police Department
All information may submitted anonymously.
NCIC Number: M-478282492
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Source Information: Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
04-23-2013, 08:07 AM #2
I'm always wondering when there's only one photo of the missing person on the various MP websites. After more than 20 years he'd look a lot different now of course, but still...Maybe his family has given up hope he'll ever be found. A lot of things point to Matthew having harmed himself and his body being out there somewhere though.
07-12-2013, 04:04 PM #3
03-07-2015, 10:40 AM #4Registered User
- Join Date
- May 2012
Matthew's NamUs: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/17065/20
No identifiers - No FP, Dental or DNA entered.
DNA is entered for this John Doe found in Nebraska
If Matthew left Des Moines and headed to Custer State Park in South Dakota, he might have traveled through Chadron, NE where JD10689 was found.
Matthew has been missing for 24 years today.
03-07-2015, 03:45 PM #5
03-07-2015, 03:47 PM #6
03-11-2015, 11:20 PM #7Registered User
- Join Date
- Oct 2009
This Doe reminds me of Matthew..
" The victim was discovered on July 28, 1995 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Estimated Date of Death: July 28, 1995
Cause of Death: Suicide
Estimated age: 20-30 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'9"; 140-160 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Clean-shaven, with short, medium-brown hair; blue eyes. The deceased had no tattoos, surgical scars or unusual characteristics that might have helped to identify him."
Last edited by dotr; 03-12-2015 at 01:17 AM.
03-12-2015, 04:46 AM #8
03-25-2016, 04:44 PM #9
Thinking of this young man. Still no DNA, fingerprints or dental information entered into NamUs, how could he ever be identified...? Makes me so sad. Where's his family?
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