Body identified as missing Argentine Township man

Argentine Twp. - A body found Saturday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. by a hunter has been identified as Jason Paul Matthews, of Argentine Township. Matthews was 44 years old, when he was reported missing in July.

Lt. Bruce Coverdill said the Argentine Township Police Department received a call Saturday morning that a body had been found in a heavily wooded and swampy area in the 9100 block of Silver Lake Road.

The Michigan State Police Crime Lab was brought in to conduct a forensics investigation and the badly decomposed body was transported to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The medical examiner determined, through the use of dental records, that the body found was that of Matthews, according to Coverdill.

The cause of death, location of death, and actual time of death has not yet been determined, according to Coverdill.

"We don't know what happened," said Coverdill. "We don't want to speculate at this time."

Several searches of the township were carried out since Matthews was reported missing by his wife on July 25. According to the police, Matthews left his home on Charles Drive at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. His wife, Jackie Matthews said he left the house riding his 10-speed bike and was intoxicated.

It was reported that he stopped at Beards Party Store on Silver Lake Road to buy beer, but employees refused to sell to him. An employee at the store called Matthews' wife and told her what had happened and that her husband had said he was going to Northshore Market on Seymour Road to try and buy some beer. Employees at Northshore Market told police they sold Matthews milk at approximately 10 p.m. that night.

By Sunday, July 24, Matthews' wife became concerned that her husband hadn't returned home and told police. A formal missing persons complaint was filed Monday, July 25 by Jackie Matthews.

Matthews was known to take prescription medication to control seizures he has had since a construction site accident in 1998. In that accident, he sustained a closed-head injury. According to Coverdill, Matthews did not have his medication with him when he left his home.

A Search Operations Support team (SOS) from Saginaw was requested by Argentine Township police and they searched the area the last weekend of July. A 10-speed bike was found and was later identified as belonging to Matthews. His wallet was found near the shore of Lobdell Lake, as well.