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Search suspended for missing Coast Guardsman

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for Russell Matthews, a first class petty officer for the Coast Guard who has been missing for three days.

Matthews, 36, was reportedly distraught when he was last seen Tuesday night. His car was found the following morning on the Mokuleia side of Kaena Point.

The Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department searched more than 10,000 square miles for Matthews, but no trace was found of him.

"The decision to suspend a search is one of the hardest a commanding officer has to make, all the more so when it is one of our own," said Capt. Joanna Nunan, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu commanding officer, in a statement. "Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Petty Officer Matthews during this difficult time."

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