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Jan 23, 2013 4:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Coast Guardsman reappears after 3 months

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu police say a Coast Guardsman has returned to his home after being missing for more than three months.

Honolulu police said Tuesday Russell Matthews returned home Sunday night. Police say he was incoherent and taken to a hospital for observation.

His wife reported Matthews missing in October. Police later found the rescue swimmer's car abandoned at the Mokuleia side of Kaena Point.

Coast Guard and Navy teams launched multiple searches for Matthews in the ocean after Matthews was reported missing.

Honolulu Crimestoppers Sgt. Kim Buffett says Matthews isn't giving the police a statement because he's in the hospital. She says detectives have no reason to pursue the case as it's not against the law to be missing.

She says the case is closed now that Matthews has been found.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Photo: US Coast Guard

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