Search for Matt Hill Intensifies

6:19 PM, May 28, 2011   |    comments
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Matthew Alan Hill, Missing since May 24th.

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The search for a missing DC Campus Outreach minister who mentors students at George Washington University is growing in scale and outreach.

On Saturday, volunteers with the Capitol Hill Baptist Church, covered the map looking for Matt Hill, 26, a Charlotte native who went missing on Tuesday.  Organizers used a giant map of the region to divide up into sections for various groups.

Some passed out fliers at major events like the Nationals game, others rode their bikes looking for Matt Hill's vehicle near his church and many more drove far out to areas like Southeast and Mount Vernon to search for the 1996 Black Honda Civic LX.

"Theyre' out on the waterways right now even, they're just scouring areas," said Matt's father Holger Hill, who's own cell phone number was printed on fliers. "It's like they're unturning every rock. they're leaving nothing untouched. They're going in all different directions...and it's all organized, that's the beautiful thing.  Everyone is focused and everything is structured. they've broken it into teams with team leaders and points of contact. I couldn't ask for more."

The efforts to find Hill have grown as time has passed.  Volunteers started a facebook page and a twitter account.  They have been reaching out to national media outlets and celebrities to hopefully spread the word and get more coverage.  In the midst of that social media campaign, they received a message that South Africa was praying for Hill. 

It's been four days since Hill was last seen in Chinatown after dropping off a student he mentored.  His debit card was used around noon at a gas station in Arlington, Va that same day. 

Police say that Hill's car, a 1996 black Honda Civic with D.C. tag number DT 2747, was last seen in the 900 block of 26th Street NW and that the vehicle received a parking ticket at 11:09 a.m. for parking in a restricted zone.

Police have classified Hill's disappearance as a "critical" missing person's case and are seeking the public's help in locating him.  In the meantime, Hill's father and two brothers are in the DC area after traveling from Hill's hometown of Charlotte, NC. Loved ones suspect foul play. 

"No one is more confused than I am," said Holger Hill after a long day of fielding phone calls and meeting with people.  "I have conditioned myself through this whole thing to keep my mind focused on being productive so that I don't allow unproductive thoughts to take over.  And I've worked very hard at that."

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