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Hawaii Coastguard Mystery: Military Holds Man
A member of the US Coast Guard who went missing in October is in custody at Pearl Harbour - and it has emerged he was being investigated for alleged drug use when he disappeared.
Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews vanished for more than three months, prompting a search by the Coast Guard and Navy along the Hawaiian coast.
Police later found his abandoned car.
Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said Matthews was already in the process of being investigated for illegally using marijuana when his wife reported him missing on October 9.
The offence could have resulted in Matthews, a rescue swimmer, being discharged from the Coast Guard.
The 36-year-old is in custody because his unauthorised absence for three months and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance make him a flight risk, authorities say.
He was incoherent when he suddenly reappeared at his home on Sunday and was taken to a hospital for observation.
Tripler Army Medical Centre has medically cleared and released him.
The Coast Guard does not know where the 15-year veteran has been or what he has been doing since his disappearance.
He is being held at the Naval Brig at Pearl Harbour while the Coast Guard investigates his case.