Missing Vancouver man Matthew Huszar’s family clinging to hope
By ANDY IVENS, The Province December 27, 2011 1:06 PM
The mother of Matthew Huszar is holding on to hope that someone will be able to help police find the handsome young geologist, missing for the past 11 days.
“We’ve all got our hopes up that something will turn up that will give police something to go on and find out what happened,” Danny Huszar told The Province on Tuesday morning.
Matthew, 25, went missing around midnight Dec. 16. He attended his company Christmas party and went with a group of friends to the Lamplighter pub on the corner of Water and Abbott streets in Gastown.
“There was a long lineup there, so the group decided they were going to go elsewhere and he decided he was going to leave,” Danny Huszar said from her home on Vancouver Island.
“He said his goodbyes and headed [east on Water], and that’s the last anyone has seen of him.”
Everything in Matthew’s life was pointing up, so his disappearance is baffling.
Huszar graduated with honours from the University of B.C. last summer and landed a great job with a Vancouver mining company.
He recently bought an old, 50-foot sailboat and was planning to restore it over a number of years. Moored in Victoria, it is his home whenever he goes to the Island to visit his parents.
His girlfriend, whom he met at UBC, was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Tuesday night from her home in Colorado, and together they were working on a plan for a ski holiday in the backcountry, said Danny.
“We’ve racked our brains and there is no reason that we can think of that he would voluntarily disappear on his own like that,” she said.
“He’s got a very good circle of friends. They have been working so hard to scare up anyone who saw anything that night.”
Danny said she feels “very frustrated and totally helpless.”
“We haven’t heard any news yet, nothing at all,” she said.
“Police have been following up any leads that they have gotten and there haven’t been anything at all — no concrete sighting of Matthew or anything at all.
“They have been working diligently, and I have been in touch with them on a regular basis.
“They are really stumped, as well, as to why they are not receiving any concrete leads that they can follow up,” she said.
“We’ve had so many people say to us: ‘What can we do? What can we do?’” her voice cracking with emotion.
“We’re appealing to the public, maybe somebody who has been away at Christmastime, if there’s anybody who can recall seeing him that night, or after that night to please contact police [at 911],” said Huszar.
Matthew is described as five-foot-11, 160 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. On the night of Dec. 16, he was wearing a white-and-blue checked shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and a dark-green tweed coat.
Anyone who has seen him is asked to call firstname.lastname@example.org