KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Youth

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing/Endangered Youth
DATE: May 27, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department is asking for assistance in locating a missing, possibly endangered, youth. When last in contact with his family, he was emotionally distraught, so there is significant concern for his general welfare.

Matthew Austin Burton (a.k.a. Matthew Melowski), 17 years of age, was last seen on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at approximately 2:00 AM when he left his home, located in the Highland Area of Kingsport. Matthew left on his flat black “Next” brand mountain style bicycle. He was carrying his school backpack, black in color, which contained several clothing items, canned food, and a navigational compass. He could possibly be frequenting local hiking and biking trails.

Matthew is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches in height, weighing approximately 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. He has long bangs in the front combed to the side; however, the rest of his hair is “buzz-cut” short. When he left home, he was wearing a dark red and black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, red Adidas athletic shoes, and a black knit watch cap.

Anyone who can assist in locating Matthew is asked to contact any of the following:

K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429

Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111

Matthew’s Mother (Denise Marshall Burton) at 423-429-8538

Matthew’s Father (Mike Burton) at 423-429-7896

Matthew’s Brother (Andrew Burton) at 423-863-3971

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON INFORMATION
Name Matthew Austin Burton
Alias (a.k.a.) Matthew Melowski
Age 17 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Height 5 feet, 8 inches
Weight 130 pounds
Eyes Blue Eyes
Hair Brown Hair (Bangs in Front Combed to the Side/Short “Buzz-Cut” Everywhere Else)
Residency Highland Area

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit