North Huntingdon parents urge son: Please come home
North Huntingdon parents fearful for the safety of their 29-year-old son, who has been missing for a week, made a heartfelt plea on Thursday for him to come home or at least contact them to say he is alive.
Matthew B. Dervin, 29, of North Huntingdon, a self-employed carpenter, has not been seen or heard from since Aug. 8, and attempts to call him on his cell phone go unanswered and into voice mail. His disappearance has baffled his family, who pleaded for his safe return during a news conference at the North Huntingdon police department.
His mother made a tearful plea during the news conference that was called to raise the public's awareness about Dervin in hopes someone will see him and contact township police.
“Please come home. Please come home,” his mother, Diane Mardell of North Huntingdon, said.
His father, Max Dervin of North Huntingdon, said it was highly unusual for their son to go missing without notifying his family.
“This is totally out of character for Matt to disappear. Matt is a very regimented person,” Max Dervin said.
Max Dervin said he has not spoken with his son since the night of Aug. 6, when his son sounded incoherent. He said he contacted his former wife, Diane Mardell, to alert her to the situation.
The family and North Huntingdon police acknowledged his brushes with the law in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, including a recent arrest in White Oak for allegedly driving under the influence.
“Anything can be talked out and taken care of,” Max Dervin said.
North Huntingdon Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Bouldin said that Matthew Dervin was picked up by North Huntingdon police on Aug. 2 when he allegedly was intoxicated and on the front lawn of a residence along Lincoln Way. No charges were filed against Dervin, who allegedly had a few OxyContin pills in his possession, Bouldin said.
Dervin also was stopped by White Oak police on Aug. 2 and charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, which were filed against him on Aug. 5, according to documents filed with White Oak District Judge Thomas Miller Jr. He faces a preliminary hearing on Oct. 6.
Bouldin said Matthew Dervin was seen on a bank surveillance camera withdrawing a “significant amount of money” on Aug. 7 from a Dollar Bank automatic teller machine in Squirrel Hill. Bouldin declined to comment on the amount of money that Dervin withdrew at that time.
Bouldin said Dervin also was seen on Aug. 7 on a PNC bank surveillance camera withdrawing $100 three different times from the bank's ATM at the Waterfront shopping plaza in Homestead. Bouldin said that the amount of money Dervin withdrew from the Dollar Bank ATM, where he had an account, was more than he was permitted to withdraw from a PNC bank ATM.
The weekend before he went missing, Max Dervin said that his son spent a few days in the Westmoreland County jail for failing to pay a fine. Max Dervin said he thought his son had repaid the fine, but the Westmoreland County sheriff's department arrested him at Allegheny Health Network Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, where he was being treated for an imbalance in his blood sugar, Dervin said.
The Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts filed a $4,482 judgment against Dervin in September 2008 for a criminal matter and filed a judgment of $30,789 against Dervin in January 2006 in connection with another criminal matter, according to documents filed with the Westmoreland County Prothonotary.
Dervin said he picked up his son at the jail, they got his truck from where it had been towed and took him home. Police said Matthew Dervin owned a silver 2005 Ford F-150, that has a Pennsylvania license plate of ZBP9466.
Despite his son's problems with the law, “I don't think he is on the run,” Max Dervin said, pointing out that his son left his carpenter's tools at his residence and had clothes in his laundry room.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- DA wants to use pot evidence in Hempfield slaying trial
- Students learn outside at Westmoreland County’s Envirothon in Hempfield
- Youngwood residents take up cremation site fight
- Ordinance would increase parking fines in Hempfield
- Rostraver Airport receives federal grant to keep skies above runway clear
- ‘Doc Hope’ eases into retirement from West Newton veterinary clinic
- Route 217 bridge work about to start in Derry Borough
- Spirit Airlines lifts fortunes of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
- Westmoreland County municipalities push to clean up litter, dumps
- Traveling amateur organists entertain fellow seniors with oldies music
- Mistaken identity leads to drug bust at Westmoreland County Courthouse