North American Missing Persons Network
Matthew David Pendergrast

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Above Images: Pendergrast, circa 2000

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 1, 2000 from Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 4, 1977
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 110 lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pendergrast is right-handed.
    He has facial dimples.
  • Jewelry: Blue crystal pendant on black leather cord.
  • AKA: Matt, Mateo

  • Details of Disappearance
    Pendergrast was a student at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 2000. His family resided in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father worked as a plastic surgeon. Pendergrast was last seen leaving his residence in Memphis between 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM on December 1, 2000. He was driving his 1998 maroon Toyota 4Runner sports utility vehicle (SUV) with Georgia license plates 934-PT at the time. Pendergrast was scheduled to attend a Spanish class four blocks from his home that morning. He never arrived and has not been seen again.

    Pendergrast apparently called a friend in Atlanta that morning; it was the last time anyone has heard from him. Pendergrast's SUV was discovered abandoned in Lonoke County, Arkansas at approximately 2:00 PM that day. The vehicle was located on a private dirt road off of South Kerr Road near Interstate 40. The SUV was parked near the edge of Bayou Meta, a swamp often used by area hunters. Pendergrast's vehicle was unlocked and his keys were in the ignition. His clothes and various personal belongings were found in a pile approximately 100 yards from his SUV. There was no sign of Pendergrast near his vehicle.

    Extensive searches of the surrounding area produced no clues as to his whereabouts.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Arkansas State Police
    Lonoke County Sheriff's Department

    Source Information
    Arkansas State Police