Disturbing Details Emerge in the Disappearance of Matthew Weaver Jr.

This article was originally published on September 28th, 2018, updated 0n October 18th at 5:31 a.m. and on Oct. 2, 2018 at 6:48 a.m.

On Tuesday October 16th, the family of Matthew Weaver Jr, missing since August 1oth, held a press conference announcing a $50,000 reward for information leading to finding Weaver.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800 or dial 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Major news media is currently circulation information to assist in finding Weaver however, not all the information out there is correct. The following is an updated timeline, with information verified by the family.

Here is the updated information originally released on Sept. 27th, (our publication broke the story of Matthew’s disappearance here).

In an effort to inform the public, the family of Matthew Weaver Jr. released the following information as of Thursday September 27th, 2018:

*PLEASE NOTE: Some news articles refer to Matthew Jr. as a hiker. That is incorrect. Matthew Jr. was not in the area of Stunt Rd and Schueren Rd. on August 10th to “go hiking”.

8/10: Matthew drops off a female “friend” at 5:00 a.m. in Chatsworh

Matthew heads toward Stunt and Schueren Rd., last known location.

5:15 AM ​Matthew’s car is on Mulholland Hwy
5:35 AM ​Matthew’s car turns onto Stunt Rd
5:45-6:24 AM ​Matthew’s car drives around Saddle Peak Rd & Schueren Rd.

6:24-6:57 AM ​Picture posted on Matthew’s Snapchat from the Stunt Rd & Saddle Peak Rd parking lot. (originally, we were told by family the last known Snapchat was at 7:38 a.m., we will keep both in the timeline).

Somewhere around  7:00 a.m., Matthew entered the white gate, suspiciously left open at Rosas Overlook, when it normally remains locked and typically should only be accessible by first responders and law enforcement officials.

The keys to the lock should only in possession of first responders and law enforcement officials, and the keys are supposed to say “Do Not Duplicate”. However, we learned that people, other than first responders, have obtained a copy and been successful in duplicating them.

Because of the keys getting into the wrong hands, specifically people other than first responders, the lock has had to be changed, and keys re-issued as a safety precaution on numerous occasions according to our sources.

At 7:15 AM ​Security camera captures a vehicle driving on the Topanga Tower Motorway toward Rosas Overlook (GPS signal on Matthew Weaver Jr.’s cell phone tracks him at the Topanga Trail at 7:15 a.m., and by 7:28 AM ​Matthew’s car reaches the end of the trail at the area of Rosas Overlook.

Later, Matthew Jr’s cell phone tracks his last Snapchat post at 7:38 a.m., and his last text message to a female, (the same female he dropped off at 5 a.m.) indicating “crazy (shit) is going on”.

8/11: Matthew Jr.’s car is found by 4 people in between 12 -1 a.m., at Topanga Lookout/Las Rosas Overlook who noticed the vehicle and called 911.

The car was located TWO MILES down the dirt trail off Stunt. Rd. At Schueren Rd.

A Female and male voice were heard screaming for help by witnesses, specifically saying “somebody has a gun.”

At approximately 1:30 a.m., first responders walk out to the site of Matthew Jr’s car, helicopters and a K-9 are dispatched.

On Saturday Aug 11th, Lost Hills/Malibu Search and Rescue used K-9 Search and Cadaver dogs, first communicating they lost the scent at the paved road at Stunt Rd. and Schueren Rd, then communicated to family a second time that they lost the scent at 100 yards.

Search and Rescue has conducted at least 5  or more searches to date, and the Weaver family has conducted at least 15 or more searches with their family and friends.

Lost Hills Sheriff Department and Malibu Search and Rescue responding to the scene of Mathew Weaver Jr.’s disappearance on August 11th, 2018
Map provided by the family of the search area.

*Matthew Weaver Jr.’s cell phone, wallet, car keys, and clothing HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND.

*The trunk lock on Matthew’s car was damaged from the inside.

In an effort to inform the public we have released most of the updated important details and as more information is released, this article will be updated.





Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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