Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews Returns

The military is a job, a profession. And at a job, you have to show up for work. It is not hard, but some folks struggle with it. Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews was either AWOL or had some sort of odd health issue:

Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews

Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews

A Coast Guardsman has reappeared after vanishing and being declared a missing person more than three months ago, Honolulu police and the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews returned home Sunday night, police said. Police say he was incoherent and taken to a hospital for observation.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Gene Maestas said the service doesn’t know where Matthews, a Hawaii-based rescue swimmer, has been and what he’s been doing since his wife reported him missing on Oct. 9.

Coast Guard investigators dispatched to see him confirmed his identity after he called his command from Castle Medical Center in the Honolulu suburb of Kailua, Maestas said. He’s now being evaluated at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Coast Guard investigators looking into his disappearance won’t question him until he’s released by doctors, Maestas said. But the service will probe the incident.

Strange story. . .