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Aug 3, 2008

PSA: Missing Person

A foreign national worker has allegedly been missing on Saipan. It's been five days since his disappearance. Family members of the missing person told his friends that even his car has been missing. They said the man went to Tinian for a project but was last seen on Saipan. Family said he was on a project somewhere around the island before he failed to come home.

The family members went to the police station after 48 hours of the man's disappearance. The guy's name according to sources is Alex Castro, in his mid-30's and a Filipino.

Could he be abducted? Into hiding? On this island? Why is the car missing too? Could he have fallen into a ravine? What type of manhunt or search has been done so far?

The family seeks the community's help on this.

Update:

Real name of the missing person is Alex Matubis, who works for Mr. Candido Castro. He was driving a pick up truck.

Aug. 8 - finaly this story made the papers today with photo.

Aug. 19 - Saipan Tribune
Missing man's car found in Marpi
By Kristi Eaton
Reporter

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division discovered and impounded a car Saturday that was owned by a currently missing Filipino man.

Alex Matubis' blue Toyota pickup truck with white doors was found near the Kalabera Caves in Marpi around 11:30am Saturday, officials said. Detectives searched the area after receiving tips from callers who spotted the vehicle.

Detectives got a tip about the car Friday. They were unable to locate the vehicle until Saturday. Detectives also conducted a search on the vehicle and a sweep around the area but were unable to find traces of the victim, according to officials.

Police impounded the vehicle. The case is currently under investigation.

Matubis, a drafter and cartographer, arrived on Saipan Monday, July 28, after conducting work on Tinian. According to investigators, a witness last saw him at 10:30am the same day when he was dropped off at his residence in Garapan.

Matubis, 47, was reported missing to DPS Thursday, July 30.

Anybody with information about Matubis is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 664-9042/9047.

28 comments:

KAP said...

And the car is..?

Rev said...

will get more details...will update you on this one...or the local paper will get this thread and do the investigation itself...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this, SMR. I hope we get some helpful info from the community.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I'm from the Philippines and I am a relative of this Filipino Worker in Saipan, his true name is Alex Matubis, a Geodetic Engineer/Surveyor working for Mr. Candido Castro for almost 23 years in Saipan, yes he was missing along with his pick-up truck for about 6 days now,. We're so thankful because this is the only site where we found information about him being missing, he has a brother also in Saipan, trying to find him too, going places showing people the picture of Mr. Alex Matubis just in case they came across or happen to see him. Please, if something comes up in the news from Saipan, just anything about him, please do post it in here. The persons name is Alex Matubis. Your blog has been helpful, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Im voting for kilili cause the CNMI needs more corrupt leaders.

1. The '97 opa report $35,000 advanced payment

2. Alleged drug user

3. Failed drug rehab

The Cnmi needs these kinds of people! Biba Kilili!

Also Gv. Fitial is endorsing Kilili

Anonymous said...

Im voting for kilili cause the CNMI needs more corrupt leaders.

1. The '97 opa report $35,000 advanced payment

2. Alleged drug user

3. Failed drug rehab

The Cnmi needs these kinds of people! Biba Kilili!

Also Gv. Fitial is endorsing Kilili

bradinthesand said...

do they grade you in rehab?

bradinthesand said...

the answer to your poll is that a local reporter should go to the hill and ask the questions that need asking about this story.

Anonymous said...

Sold the pick up and headed for Las Vegas? Thailand? Guam? Midnight Karaoke? Other Chinese hooker's house? Smile Poker?

Until the money runs out. Then kidnapped by Muslim extremists.

Anonymous said...

You are not being funny. I hope the same fate awaits you and your family.

Anonymous said...

if he had left the island, the "immigration/customs" would have a record that he did leave, but there's no record. you don't think the pick up truck can float right?

i'm just surprised that both papers are not running a story on this. If someone loses a dog, it's in the paper. Oh, yeah, the dog owner pays for the ad or has connections with the tabloids. what's DPS doing about this?

Anonymous said...

Fitial's cops are obviously too busy documenting the social unrest resulting from the enactment of the Federal Takeover legislation.

Anonymous said...

And Fitial's immigration inspectors would be sure to document each and every person who leaves the CNMI so they can allow another victim into the CNMI under the federal cap on foreign guest workers.

And don't forget Fitial's doctors. Can they be trusted to treat foreign guest workers with adequate medicine? Especially if the employers can't pay?

Anonymous said...

It's a three-way cover up.

The Saipan Tribune doesn't want the CNMI to look bad in case the federal regulations will be too strict.

The Marianas Variety does not want to scare away more workers from moving here to give strength to the CNMI People Power movement.

And Ben-Tan is trying to keep the stench of their evil deeds downwind.

The only good guys are the noble bloggers. Everyone else is part of a vast oppressive consipiracy whose full reach is understood only by Wendy Doromol and John Bowe.

Anonymous said...

Laughing. Three way cover up.

I am a proud member of that vast oppressive conspiracy.

Doromal, Woodruff and Greenia will never probe the depths of our evil intent. They underestimate the power of the Darkside.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Fitial's public defenders. They are way overpaid.

And undoubtedly merely in training for the day when Fitial's henchmen lose their jobs and assets, and need lawyers upon prosecution for their naughtiness.

Anonymous said...

Fitial's public defenders? Nobody defends Fitial in public.

bradinthesand said...

...and for the task at hand...

dps checked alex's housing and found his passport. i spoke with his employers and they said that they still haven't heard from alex.

they told me that alex didn't have a cell phone despite working for them almost 20 years and that he was driving the company truck, which is still missing as well.

alex was driving a dark blue toyota Pick-up with white hood,doors, and gas tank cover.

plate number: ABS683

he's an architect working for castro & associates land surveying.

according to his employers, alex was last seen leaving their garapan office driving the aforementioned pick-up during the rainy and slippery day of tuesday, july 29.

if you happen to find alex or hear about his whereabouts, please contact dps (664-9000) or his employer Minda Castro (484-4286).

it's possible that he may have skidded off the road somewhere and nobody has found him yet.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Brad, for doing what our local media seem incapable of doing.

Let us pray that the TV station and one or both newspapers pick up your story.

Anonymous said...

Someone bent on suicide could easily drive a pickup truck off the cliff into the ocean deep, for instance, south of Banzai Cliff or many places on the island.

Let us pray for his soul.

Anonymous said...

I think I saw this guy at Troy 2 nights ago.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why is it taking too long for the DPS to provide the family the results of the investigation of the vehicle found. They believe the person is alive so where is the conclusion coming from. Was there a thorough investigation on the vehicle, assuming if there's a foul play? Why is the local govt. not responding and taking any action of the foreign workers in CNMI. The community is too small at CNMI, people should know each other and there should be some people who may have seen this guy prior missing. Did the DPS issue a memo to the nearby Islands, they should consider all the possibilities. This will distract tourist visiting this beautiful island knowing it's not safe to visit.

Anonymous said...

According to the local news the engine still warm when they found the vehicle, so there should be some leverage where to start the investigation and they can still find some traces where the vehicle came from by checking the tires. Was there any DNA found in the vehicle? We have all the latest technology available to conduct all the feasible evidence, so what's going on? I've read this blog for few months now and I have not read any latest news from the local DPS nor any update concernin g this missing person. It must be hard to the family, not knowing his whereabout.

Anonymous said...

Is there any hope to this investigation or this file is just sitting in their desk. They must understand this person has family waiting for him, he has two teenagers girls waiting for him at home also. If the local investigator couldn't find anything, they should seek some federal help to assist them to this case. Saipan is always been a very religious and friendly environment, so please give hand to his family who is presently seeking information.

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