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Matthew John Ferris
Age at Report: 20
DOB: November 15, 1970
Weight: 140 lbs.
Height: 5′ 10″
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Missing From: Des Moines, IA
Case Number: 1991-9217
NCIC Number: M-478282492
NamUs MP Number: 17065
Missing Since: March 7, 1991
Matthew John Ferris, 20, was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department on March 7, 1991.
Ferris first disappeared from his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, on July 25, 1990. He told his family he needed the day off work to help a friend move.
His father later discovered a note from Ferris at the family’s home, in which his son apologized for any pain his disappearance may cause his loved ones. Ferris returned to Iowa one week later, apparently frightened.
Ferris underwent psychiatric treatment for the next six months. He also enrolled at Iowa State University.
Ferris was last seen by his family in February 1991. He was behaving abnormally, and Ferris’ father stated he seemed to be exhibiting manic behavior and was happy, which was unlike Ferris’ character at the time.
After telling his family he was going to the movies, Ferris disappeared. He apparently headed to Custer State Park in South Dakota. His family believes that Ferris elected to travel to that destination because he enjoyed Native American folklore.
Ferris was never heard from again, and was reported missing on March 7, 1991.
Officials have categorized Ferris’s case as “Endangered/Physical,” meaning a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that his/her physical safety is in danger.
If you have any information concerning Ferris’ whereabouts, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811.