BERKELEY — Missing Rice University student Matthew Wilson was found in Dwinell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday night and it looks like he is headed to jail, UC police said.
Wilson, 21, disappeared from Houston in December and his abandoned car was found in June on Allston Way in Berkeley. Since then, the search for Wilson has focused on Berkeley, especially around Telegraph Avenue and the UC Berkeley campus.
UC police picked up Wilson in Dwinell Hall and were questioning him late Wednesday. Shortly before 7 p.m., a UC officer was in Dwinell Hall looking for a theft suspect when he came across Wilson in a classroom.
There have been thefts of backpacks, computers and other items on campus recently.
Wilson, who was alone, had a laptop computer hooked up to an audio visual utility box. When police questioned him about it, he gave a false name. He later gave the officer his real name. There's a chance he will be arrested for possession of stolen property and he could face other charges as well, Assistant Chief Mitch Celaya said.
He was at the Berkeley Police Department speaking to detectives late Wednesday, Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.
Police said he had shaved his red beard, had short hair and was wearing wire rimmed glasses. He was disheveled and may have been living somewhere on campus or on the streets, police said. The focus on Berkeley started in mid-June, when police discovered Wilson's 2004 silver Dodge Neon that had been parked in the 1200 block of Allston Way for about a month.
The car was operable and undamaged, and did not seem abandoned, police said. Inside, police found books and notes on how to assume a new identity, a book on how to live cheaply in San Francisco, a can of beans, rice and instant noodle soup.