Flight risk fears keep Coast Guardsman in custody

Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews
Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews

HONOLULU (AP) - A Coast Guard rescue swimmer remains in military detention after a legal officer agreed he's a flight risk.

The Coast Guard is detaining Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews while they investigate why he was absent from work without authorization for more than three months.

Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas says a neutral third party from the Navy's judge advocate general's corps on Friday agreed with an earlier decision by Matthews' commanding officer.

The commanding officer ordered Matthews confined because he may try to flee.

Matthews showed up at his home last weekend, more than three months after his wife reported him missing and government agencies launched an extensive search for him both on land and at sea.

Matthews is now at the Pearl Harbor Naval brig.

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