Missing El Cajon Student Matt Hygh Found

Young man located in Downey, reading CS Lewis and living in his car, parents say

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    This picture was posted to the Facebook for "Find Matt Hygh" days after his parents reported he was missing.

    A San Diego student whose disappearance captured the attention of thousands of social media users has been located.

    San Diego Christian College student Matt Hygh, 19, was last seen Tuesday March 13 in his dorm. When his parents announced his disappearance, fellow students, friends and members of the community joined on Facebook and Twitter to help find him.

    On Tuesday, his father Tim held a press conference to announce Matt was living in his car in Downey, California, “reading CS Lewis, his Bible and taking copious notes,” his father said.

    An official with the El Cajon Police Department confirmed that Hygh's father found him.

    The two were reunited on Monday after an acquaintance convinced Matt to call his father.

    Matt said he was ready to come home, according to his father.

    Over 3,000 Facebook users joined the group “Find Matt Hygh,” which Matt’s parents updated often.

    At one point, Matt’s parents wrote on Facebook that their son spoke to friends of living out the book “Into the Wild,” a story in which a man abandons his possessions to live in the wilderness. His family sent a press release stating they would search the areas featured in the film-adaptation of the movie.

    After friends were notified of his return, many posted positive messages on his Facebook timeline.

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