A breakfast fundraiser held Sunday, August 18, raised a total of $3,600 to support the efforts in finding missing hiker and Nazareth Area School District teacher, Matthew Greene, reported the Find Matthew Greene Facebook Page Sunday evening. The event, a pancake fundraiser, was held at two Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township.
Matthew Greene, 39, a math teacher at Nazareth Area High School, was reported missing from the Mammoth Lakes area on July 17, where he was hiking and climbing with friends. Green, an accomplished hiker, was last heard from on July 16. The Facebook Page set up to share details about the search states,
Matt was hiking/climbing with some friends in the Mammoth Lakes region and staying at the Shady Rest campground, [and] prior to his disappearance he happened upon some car trouble (his Subaru blew a head gasket),"the Facebook post says.
Matt stayed behind while his car was repaired at the Norco Goodyear repair shop with plans to meet up with friends in CO down the line," the post reports, adding, "His last known phone call was to the repair shop around 4:30 pm on July 16th, with some texts to said friend around 8-8:30 that same night."
Additionally," the post states, "his last use of credit cards was a purchase in mammoth lakes that same day.
When Greene failed to meet up with his friends, they discovered that his car had been repaired and waiting for over a week. When they realized that Greene had not returned for his gear at the campsite he had rented, his friends contacted the police, who in turn contacted the family. The last signal from Matthew Greene’s cell phone, the Facebook page says, was traced to a cell phone tower on Mammoth Mountain, pointed north in the direction of the main ski area.
A group of hikers traveled from the Lehigh Valley on August 10 to search for Greene, who at that point had been missing for three weeks. The group has since returned with no news, according to a Sunday evening Facebook post, but efforts are still underway in the Mammoth Lakes area to uncover information, with locals and hikers in the back country aware of Matt’s story.
Greene’s sister, Tiffany Minto, told NBC that it’s been agonizing not knowing Greene’s whereabouts or what may have happened to him.
My heart's really confused right now. It's telling me I should be hopeful…that if anyone can survive it, it would be Matt. So much time has gone by that it's hard to be hopeful," Minto told NBC, adding that she is grateful for the support from her brother’s friends.
To be honest," she added, "they're kind of like my last string of hope. And it kind of brings me a peace of mind knowing that at least they gave it their best and the best went out there looking for him.
Family and friends are relying on social media to help spread the word about Matthew Greene’s disappearance, with regular updates posted to the Find Matthew Greene Facebook page, which had 8,727 likes as of Sunday evening.
Donations to help in the search efforts can be made online at the Help Us Find Matthew Greene FundRazr page launched on August 7 by Greene’s sister, Tiffany Minto, who posted this plea,
We need leads and time is of the essence.
Donations made will be used towards [Search and Rescue] efforts, travel aid for those going to the site of Matt's disappearance, and in the long term medical or other arrangements when Matt is found.
As of Sunday evening, a $6,681 has been raised by the site.
Anyone with information about Matthew Green, who is approximately 5’11”, 160 lb with blondish-brown short hair and blue eyes, according to an online poster, should call Detective Dough Hombeck at (760) 932-7549 x 17 or the Mammoth Lakes Police at (760) 934-2536.