Silver Alert NH - John Matson, 79, has dementia, friendly, but may get paranoid and try to hide, Hampstead, 6 July 2022

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HAMPSTEAD, N.H. — Hampstead police say there are no new developments as the search continues for a 79-year-old man who disappeared last week.

John Matson was last seen walking inside Emerson Village between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. last Wednesday.

Police said several members of the community conducted their own search efforts Sunday, though officers said they cannot encourage people to search anywhere outside of their properties.

Police added that there are no K-9 teams deployed and said they are not concerned about private citizens interfering with K-9 search efforts.

"If people are going to go out and search we want to remind them to take appropriate precautions. Do not go out alone and let people know where you are going," Deputy Chief Robert Kelley said.

Matson is described as about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has gray hair and a gray beard.

He also suffers from dementia, police said.

Police said Matson is not dangerous and is reported to be very friendly. Anyone who spots him is encouraged to approach him and engage with him.

Hampstead police said over the weekend they have covered around 8,000 acres looking for Matson so far.

Police are asking members of the community to check their properties and businesses for any signs of Matson in case he became paranoid and tried to hide.

The public is also encouraged to review video footage if they have cameras set up.

Anyone who sees Matson is asked to call Hampstead police at 603-329-5700 or New Hampshire Fish and Game.

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John may be in Springfield, MA.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampstead Police Department in New Hampshire is asking for the public’s help in finding a 79-year-old man that may be in the Springfield area.

According to the Hampstead Police Department, 79-year-old John Matson has dementia and was last seen on Wednesday, July 6th at around 3:30 p.m. walking away from his home on Amy Lane but did not return. He is described as 6’0″ tall and 180 pounds with gray hair, blue eyes, and a distinct purple birthmark on the right side of his neck and ear.

Police say he is known to walk around Hampstead but does have ties with Springfield and Woburn, Massachusetts as well as Lakeland, Florida.

Wednesday, July 6th between the hours of 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: John traveled from Emerson Village to the Pasta Loft and back to Emerson Village (3.8 miles). He did make a quick stop at Osaka and spoke with a couple people during this time. No one has indicated that John was in any form of physical distress or confused. Some people offered John a ride home and he politely declined.

HPD has spoken with a witness who states that they saw John walking on Parklane Rd between the hours of 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., traveling south / west (into the park). The eyewitness is the last person to report seeing John and does in fact personally know him.

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John may be in Springfield, MA.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampstead Police Department in New Hampshire is asking for the public’s help in finding a 79-year-old man that may be in the Springfield area.

According to the Hampstead Police Department, 79-year-old John Matson has dementia and was last seen on Wednesday, July 6th at around 3:30 p.m. walking away from his home on Amy Lane but did not return. He is described as 6’0″ tall and 180 pounds with gray hair, blue eyes, and a distinct purple birthmark on the right side of his neck and ear.

Police say he is known to walk around Hampstead but does have ties with Springfield and Woburn, Massachusetts as well as Lakeland, Florida.

Wednesday, July 6th between the hours of 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: John traveled from Emerson Village to the Pasta Loft and back to Emerson Village (3.8 miles). He did make a quick stop at Osaka and spoke with a couple people during this time. No one has indicated that John was in any form of physical distress or confused. Some people offered John a ride home and he politely declined.

HPD has spoken with a witness who states that they saw John walking on Parklane Rd between the hours of 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., traveling south / west (into the park). The eyewitness is the last person to report seeing John and does in fact personally know him.

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Oh no! I'm pretty sure I know this family. I was friends with his kids (D and J) in Woburn MA in the 80's. I sure hope he's ok, but a week away from home is too long.
 

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Nothing new here. I guess people everywhere need to keep an eye out but I'm skeptical that he could have made it 100+ miles to Springfield. Thinking of John and his family. I knew his kids back in the day and they're good people.
 

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Still missing.

Quote below is from the above article. If he was covering that much ground, it will be hard to find him. :(

"Police, aided by witnesses and surveillance footage, believe that Matson walked nearly four miles the evening he was last seen."
 

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Matsons

A wave of reported sightings have all been debunked, leading police to believe that no one has actually seen him since July 6.

That afternoon he kissed Rita goodbye before she left for a few hours in Boston with her daughter, and he headed out for a walk, unbeknownst to anyone yet.

A worsening case of dementia put him at risk of getting lost or confused, and his wife was typically by his side.

“He knew he was getting worse; that the doctor told him he couldn’t drive anymore,” Rita Matson said. “But that day, as I was leaving, he asked me for the car keys. He had forgotten.”

Police interviews and surveillance footage have helped map out John Matson’s next steps, when he likely became more confused.

He walked to the Pasta Loft, where the Matsons were regulars. He had a meal and two vodka drinks, according to his wife. She had warned servers weeks earlier that he couldn’t handle much alcohol in his condition, giving them permission to water down his orders.

A waiter would later tell police the same.

Investigators placed him a mile away, at another restaurant he enjoyed and an Xtra Mart convenience store. Between 7 and 8 p.m., the last hours of daylight, he was seen walking in Emerson Village.

“There was a couple sitting on their screened-in porch, and they saw him,” Rita Matson said. “They knew his walk. They’re confident it was him. They said he kept going, to the trailer park in the back, near the woods.”

“That’s it,” she said. “That’s the last time anyone saw him.”
 
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