UPDATE: Manitoba RCMP have located a truck near the Canada-U.S border that belongs to a missing ex-army reservist with alleged ties to a neo-Nazi group.
On Monday afternoon, the Sprague RCMP received a report of an abandoned vehicle on a rural property in the RM of Piney, located off of Highway 12 near Road 81E.
RCMP confirmed in a media release the vehicle belongs to Patrik Mathews. A search of the area did not locate him.
The truck is believed to have been parked there for approximately a week.
Mathews was relieved of his duties as a combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade in Winnipeg, over allegations that he belongs to a neo-Nazi group called “The Base.”
In addition to a military investigation, RCMP were conducting their own investigation.
The RCMP believe Mr. Mathews may be under a significant amount of pressure due to this ongoing investigation and the extensive media coverage it has garnered.
Anyone who sees Mathews is asked to avoid engaging with him and call the police immediately.
Manitoba RCMP say Patrik Mathews, 26, was last seen by family members in Beausejour on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
A missing persons report was filed on Monday.
Since then efforts to contact and locate Mathews by family and police have been unsuccessful.
Mathews is accused of recruiting for a neo-Nazi paramilitary group called The Base.
Late Tuesday, the Department of National Defence said in a statement that Mathews was relieved of his duties over the allegations.
He was a master corporal with the Winnipeg-based 38 Canadian Brigade Group and had been with the Army Reserve for eight years.
RCMP raided Mathews home last week, where they seized several firearms, but did not charge him with a crime.
Mathews is described as five feet, ten inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has blue eyes and blonde hair.
Police believe Mathews is driving a red 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT with Manitoba license HXJ 806.
In a news release RCMP stressed this is a missing persons investigation, there is no warrant for arrest and no charges are pending against Mathews.
Family members are concerned for his well-being and are asking Mathews to contact them or RCMP immediately.
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Patrik Mathews can call the Beausejour RCMP at 204-268-1234 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.