Search Party to Meet at 10am Friday to Look for Missing 91-year-old Man


Police in Jefferson County are asking you to be on the lookout for a missing 91-year-old man.

John Mathes, 91, of Wintersville hasn’t been seen since 3:00 p.m. on November 2, 2015. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a burgundy pinstriped shirt and a beige jacket.

Family members believe he may be out on one of his old Pepsi delivery routes in a rural area. 

“We’re urging anyone that is out in those areas in Belmont County, in Jefferson County, in Harrison County to go out on your property, look for him, have your neighbors look for him, keep a lookout for him,” said his granddaughter, Allison Eastham.

His 2007 gray Buick Lacrosse, license plate, “1 PEPSI,” is equip with On-Star, but they cannot track him via that because it was never activated.

However, his family is hopeful he is ok, because had he been in an accident where the air bags deployed, On-Star would automatically activated.

“He is probably disoriented right now. He doesn’t know where he’s at. He’s too proud to ask for help, so if you see him call the police as soon as possible,” said Eastham.

People gathered to organize a search of Jefferson County‘s townships today at Wintersville Methodist Church. More than 50 people were there to help in the search efforts.

“He is the epitome of a gentleman. He’s probably one of the kindest people that I’ve ever met. He’s very faithful, loves his family. He’s just a wonderful man,” said pastor Clint Quillen.

Two airplanes are also being used to search for him.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts are asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office at 740-283-8600

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