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.