Missing Man's Family to Hold Vigil a Year After His Disappearance

The family of a missing 21-year-old man whose car was found abandoned near Topanga in August 2018 will hold a sunset vigil Saturday on the anniversary of his disappearance, in the hope that new information will come forward.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Matthew Weaver was last seen on Aug. 10, 2018, in the 2600 block of Sterns Street in Simi Valley. Weaver is described as a white male, standing at 5-feet-9 and weighing 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing black dickie pants, an Angels baseball hat, and red sneakers.

The day after he came up missing, Weaver's vehicle was found on the Topanga Tower Motorway, according to authorities.

The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Saddle Peak and Stunt Road, where Matthew's car was discovered.

On the night he went missing, Matthew sent a friend a text from the Las Rosas Overlook area near Stunt and Saddle Peak roads in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Weaver had moved to Granada Hills shortly before his disappearance. On Jan. 10, Weaver's family released 797 drone photographs and associated GPS and other Google Earth data of the area believed to have been his last known location.

The high-resolution photos, taken via drone by Brad Baker of Chris Nelson & Associates in cooperation with Mountain Restoration Trust, are available for viewing at

Weaver's family also announced a reward of up to $50,000 for help in finding him.

"We love him (and) miss him so much," Matthew Weaver Sr. said of his son earlier this year. "So please help us find out what happened to him. Stay strong, Matthew, we will find you."

Information anyone may want to report after viewing the photos -- as well as any general tips -- may be submitted, either by name or anonymously, at the same website or by calling 800-358-3830. Tipsters may also call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800 or dial 911. Or they can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Anyone with information regarding Matthew's disappearance is encouraged to reach out to Origin Investigations at 800-358-3830.

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