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pacarockhound

Social climber
Escondido CA
Sep 7, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
On Your Left ------ I appreciated your photos and your road trip in search of Matt. I wonder if there could be a list of current people searching for Matt today, and where they are, and photos as you did. I have no idea how many people are currently on the ground looking. It was great to see his poster also.
crankster

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sep 7, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Again, I think the campground has to be the starting point. There are trails that lead off right from the campground that intersect with other ones. Seems those are all easy to hike trails, but there must be some off the well-beaten path trails that would lead to the Ritter/Banner/Minaret area.

It is 10 miles from Shady Rest Campground to the Agnew Meadow trailhead. I don't think anybody would willingly walk this road, especially if they were trying to tag Ritter, Banner or one of the Minaret's in a day. Totally implausible. Even from the trailhead these peaks are a long day, most parties taking 2 days. He either waited for the bus or caught a ride, in my opinion, if he headed to the Ritter Range. Maybe he woke up when his phone went on, spent some time having breakfast and organizing, then headed out closer to 5 am when there might be some early hikers on the road.

There is a very good chance there's someone out there who gave Matt a ride and discussed his objective.
kenish

Gym climber
Orange County, CA
Sep 7, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Re: the cell phone, LA Hiker's question and Tioga's explanation of location are both good. It would be good to find out whether the call or text to Matt's phone on the afternoon of the 17th was not received, or if the phone was actually on. (Most likely the first one...if a phone is off, incoming calls are routed to the last known site the phone "handshaked" with.

FYI, cell sites constantly send a list of phones in that site back through the cell network. The data is collected at central locations. When a phone is called, the network knows the cell site and call/text data are routed there.

Tioga's explanation of location is good without getting into irrelevant technical detail. Additionally, phone location can be figured out with only one tower but not too precisely. Bearing from the tower is known to about 20 degrees...distance is vague with only 1 tower. There should be a record of the cell tower and direction to Matt's phone at 0253 on the 17th. Also, the person at the PA climbing gym should have a record of when he sent the text. It should show up on his Verizon bill, or Verizon can retrieve it. Either he sent it at 0553 ET, or it was sent a long time before (then Matt turned on his phone at 0253).
Supermama

Social climber
pa
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Hi all,

Split Pants...thank you for all you are doing!

Cragman...get your toe up and ice it! It will keep the swelling and throbbing down. Feel better!

Everyone...

I've been looking over all that I found on here and Facebook. The chart Tiffany made up of where he was on each day made the dates of July 13, 14 and 15 caught my attention. The last known person to talk to Matt that we know of is Arnold Morales and his family. Here's what was on Facebook:

"I saw him on Friday night 13th. My brother stayed until Monday and is trying to remember." Arnold Morales.

"Me and my family spent the last days before he went missing. We might be able to help. Contact me." Arnold Morales

"I met him during my camping trip to mammoth. He loved to climb he loved to teach he loved his life. I can't believe how life is I am truly sad tonight." Arnold Morales (on his wall)

"Yes Sunday before he disappeared he talked to my son Arnold and showed him in the book where he planned on going . He was waiting for his car to be fixed he said they were giving him the run around." Connie Silva (mother)

"Connie help me! I study chapter 12. If Matt talked to your son about where he was hiking that be a big help. Does your son climb, hike, know the area? Why did Matt talk with him? The missing link for me is the pages Matt took. Very important to determine where Matt started his hike. The memory if what Matt said word for word can help is determine his goals that day." Todd Quinn told Connie. They must have been in communication with each other.

"My sons and family met in(him) at the campgrounds in July he is a very nice fun guy our prayers go out to his family." Connie Silva.

"Connie, let's do this right. I would like to empower you to help find Matt. Both you and your son can sit down in a quiet room early hour. Focus on what made camping fun for the time spent in Mammoth. I would like to send you the names to all the peaks and trails. First read off the names of the peaks to your son, then the trail names. Finally, if your son is visual please let me send you a book or copy of chapter 12. Have your son read it more then once. Thank you, I know it sounds like homework. Thank you," Todd Quinn

"We saw him on Saturday my other son said he saw him Sunday night," Connie Silva.

Then Ethan Culver joins in, "Connie, hopefully your son can say where he told him he was going. Would be nice to know a specific area..."

"Connie...the Sunday before he disappeared? I wonder if Matt's car had broken down at that point or not until after. If so, I wonder if he told anyone where he planned to hike while he waited for his car. Either way, you think his friends who continued on would have been told where he might go. You know, a "Ok, I'm going to wait back for my car and hike [this area] in the meantime, and I'll meet up with you later." I am surprised that I haven't heard anything from those friends he was traveling with." Ethan Culver.

"We are all related to Arnold keep us updated! Please..." Connie Silva.

My interpretation:

They met at the camp ground on Friday, July 13th based on what he said. They said his brother stayed until Monday, July 16th and he was trying to get him to remember. (Doesn't make sense) I am trying to figure out who is brother is or if the mother was referring to her son.

Did anyone get in touch with them other than Facebook? The police would need to know of any other conversations that took place. This could be a critical piece to the investigation since it was his last known location.

Split Pants, I will pm you the more detailed information I was able to find. Please read...it's interesting. Be safe out there!

Supermama
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:26am PT
Yes, Sunday before he disappeared he talked to my son Arnold and showed him in the book where he planned on going.
OutdoorGal

Social climber
Lehigh Valley, PA
Sep 8, 2013 - 02:51am PT
That whole Facebook thread Supermama posted better have been read by police before now. They were alerted about it back on August 27th or thereabouts? I have asked multiple times if anything has come of interviews with these witnesses and haven't heard a thing.

Ron/Tiffany, if you are reading this, have you heard whether they were able to be interviewed yet, and if so whether they could provide any clues to guide the investigation?
tdg119

Social climber
Northampton, PA
Sep 8, 2013 - 07:48am PT
I saw those postings by Arnold and Connie and tried reaching out to them but they haven't replied to anything; possibly because my msgs went to their 'other' folder (a FB thing for msgs from those not on friends list). Also tried reaching out in the thread itself. I have no other contact info so I forwarded the info to Dan Watson who in turn said he'd forward it to the detective. Nothing back yet.

I agree that these two could be crucial to the investigation and their info should be easily attainable from campsite registration records. The 17th when Matt went missing was a Wednesday so if they saw him Monday and he stayed in town Tuesday...any plans he discussed are VITAL to this case.

Also have inquired about who tried calling Matt after the 17th; all we received was a picture of dates/times.

Asked about getting into Matt's other bank accounts to see if there is anything strange or at least nail down times of transactions (considering receipts are gone). No response on that yet. No disrespect intended, but if I could only do all this myself...

I am working to find out if the individual who sent that last text message remembers when he sent it. Hoping he remembers. I know we all think he should remember what he texted and all that but I think I'd be equally guilty of forgetting. Difference is I'm a Techie so my phone would have it.

I'll go back to the thread and make sure I answered all the questions hanging.

I can't thank all of you enough for hanging around trying o solve the mystery.

PS...Matt would be 40 today
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:30am PT
Hi all.....checking in...

How crucial it is right now to track down any information that may shrink our search area....the days are drawing shorter, weather is changing....our window is closing.

Tiffany, my thoughts are with you and the rest of the family on this, Matthew's birthday.




EDIT: Infection is being stubborn.....still gimping and cannot get my foot in a closed toed shoe.
OutdoorGal

Social climber
Lehigh Valley, PA
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:43am PT
Ron and Tiffany,

Thanks for posting your update. Your hearts must be so heavy today, on Matt's 40th birthday. I have a brother who turned 40 in August, and he lives out west (Colorado) and loves mountain pursuits like biking, skiing, and snowboarding. I cannot imagine how distraught I would feel if I were in your shoes. I want so much for there to be a break in the case that can help solve this mystery.

Which is why it is so maddening that Connie Silva and Arnold Morales have not been reached yet. It had not occurred to me that Facebook messages to them might have ended up in that "other" mail folder. I just found out recently that that existed. Another thing is, in looking at their timelines, that they don't seem to be frequent Facebook posters. Maybe they aren't on there too much. I did look today and noticed that Arnold posted something September 6 (a message to his wife, Jeannie Morales). And Connie had posted this message on your map update thread on September 3: "Did they have any news ? Or find Matt this weekend?" I saw that you had replied to that, but there was no response. She may not have seen it.

Do you know for a fact that the detectives have not yet been able to reach them? Here's what we can tell from the Facebook pages: Both Connie and Arnold live in Bakersfield California. Connie's page says she "worked at Walmart." Arnold's says "worked at Nabors Industries." Even with that past-tense wording, they may still work at those companies. The campground should have their contact info. There seem to be multiple ways to track them down.

Regarding the Facebook contact: In case Connie and Arnold have missed your private messages, I might suggest posting a public message on the Find Matthew Greene page that you are trying to reach them. It will go out to everyone who "liked" the page. It appears that Connie has the page "liked," and so does Arnold's wife, Jeannie. (Arnold does not.) Hopefully they would see your plea in their news feeds and try to contact you.

Good luck on this front, and continued well wishes and positive thoughts to all of Matt's family and loved ones....
SplitPants

Social climber
LA
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:43am PT
Tiffany and Ron
Our thoughts are with you and the rest of the family today.

I sent you a PM call me when you get a chance. I am around for the next 30 min then we are heading out for the day.
tdg119

Social climber
Northampton, PA
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:54am PT
I tried to "friend"Arnold and sent him a message from my regular account. I reached out to Connie and asked if she could put us in contact with Arnold. He has not responded. He also deleted all of his posts and messages from the facebook page, so it seems he does not want to be involved. -Ron
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 8, 2013 - 09:59am PT
It sounds like Chief Watson needs to contact this "Arnold" guy....
OutdoorGal

Social climber
Lehigh Valley, PA
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:16am PT
I was still able to see Arnold's posts on that thread. For some reason, FB has some new system of ordering posts that I can't quite figure out. They are not always in date order anymore, and it's really confusing. I see Arnold's posts in a group with the August 25 date. His messages appear right under a rather lengthy one by Viola Krouse:

Arnold Morales I saw him on friday night 13th. My brother stayed until Monday and is trying to remember.
Like Reply 8 August 25 at 12:30pm via mobile

Arnold Morales Me and my family spent the last days before he went missing. We might be able to help. Contact me.
Like Reply 6 August 25 at 12:23pm via mobile

I would continue to try to reach him and his family in any way possible. Good luck.

ETA: And a big YES to what Cragman said. I cannot believe the police haven't reached these people yet.
crankster

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:39am PT
Happy birthday, Matt.
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:54am PT
OutdoorGal,

You can sort posts by "most recent" or "top comments." It's annoying because it defaults to "top comments."

Credit: PAUL SOUZA
SplitPants

Social climber
LA
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:12pm PT
FYI. The smoke has moved into Mammoth this morning.(
Supermama

Social climber
pa
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
Hi all,

Outdoorgirl...I have been working on putting together the "Arnold" information for Split Pants for some time. It is crucial that if he does know something that the police handle this in the right manner and we do not try to contact them. His folder is public, so getting into it is not the issue. The mother has deleted all of her posts. We don't want to scare them off.

Ron and Tiffany...I can help you with the subpoena on tech info if you need it...please pm me. As far as contact with Arnold...I would push the issue with the police since they are not responding to you. You are family, so you will have the most impact.

Cragman...I agree...it is crucial that the police move on this with the window of time closing. In fact...this should have been the push since Arnold's first message appeared. I thought the police were looking into this the last time I sent the info to Split Pants and she forwarded it to the police. Time is of the essence.

Split Pants...let me know if you need more than what I sent you. I can keep digging. Ron and Tiffany if you want a copy let me know, I can forward it to you via pm.

Matt...school isn't the same without you. Your colleagues and friends are missing you like crazy. We are all praying for your return. Happy Birthday...

Supermama
JNCalif

Social climber
Hoboken, NJ by way of Orange County, CA
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
If the Mammoth Lakes PD isn't following up on leads in a timely manner, what about going to the Mono County Sheriff? (Apologies if this has already been suggested elsewhere.) Technically, if Matt disappeared outside of city limits, wouldn't it be the Sheriff's jurisdiction? Perhaps they'd be a little faster in following up on the Arnold/Connie Facebook posts.

Cragman, not sure if you've come across a SAR member and police officer (not for MLPD!) in the area named Joe Vetter - he's a straight-up guy and my brother's best friend since elementary school.

Hoping for a birthday miracle and that Matt is found TODAY. Happy birthday, Matt. And to Tiffany, Ron and the rest of Matt's family and friends, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

edited I was unclear above - I mean asking Mono County to be the primary agency, not Mammoth Lakes PD.
Ikat

Social climber
Carson City
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Thinking of Matthew on his 40th birthday, and thinking about all his family, friends, colleagues, pupils, climbing partners and such.

From my reading here, he comes across as a capable, responsible, considerate, deliberate, and reliable athlete as well as an all around great guy to know.

I wish this bit with the Morales's could be dealt with so they would feel their privacy was not being infringed upon, yet the family, searchers, and LEO could get all information possible from them.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Sep 8, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
^^^^
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