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    Patrik Mathews (26) missing from the Canadian/US border-reported to have ties to neo nazi groups and explosives training

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/patrik...e-may-be-in-us

    A Canadian army reservist with reported ties to a violent white supremacist group has been missing for two months after his car was abandoned near the border, raising questions about whether he?s gone underground in the U.S.

    In August, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that Canadian Army Reserve Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews was a recruiter for the neo-Nazi group The Base. Mathews, 26, is a trained explosives expert, making him useful to The Base, which promotes terror tactics and survivalist training. Mathews disappeared from his home shortly after the report?two days before the military announced that he had been dismissed for his alleged neo-Nazi ties.

    Early last month, his truck was discovered fewer than 10 miles from the U.S. border, prompting police to warn that he might have crossed into Minnesota on foot. But two months after his disappearance, Mathews remains missing, leading to new pressure for law enforcement in both countries.

    A survivalist-themed paramilitary group, The Base has factions across the U.S. and Canada. The group reportedly hosted multiple ?hate camps? in northern U.S. states this year. Mathews claimed to have crossed the border multiple times to attend U.S.-based hate camps, the Free Press reported after an undercover investigation of the group. But he was reportedly turned away from the border during a trip to a hate camp this spring, prompting The Base to discourage international trips, while encouraging an increased presence in Canada.

    Mathews appears to have been part of that Canadian recruitment effort, leaving posters for the group around Winnipeg. Vice previously reported that The Base advertises a Minnesota chapter, indicating Mathews might have sympathizers in the state, if he managed to cross over. Police in Canada also seized a number of weapons from Mathews? home after his disappearance, raising the possibility that he may be armed.

    Still, Canadian police have not found a trace of him, they confirmed this week. But the lack of answers has led to questions about just how serious the search efforts are.

    Mathews is not wanted for any crime, Canadian police noted.

    ?He?s not wanted by the RCMP right now, he?s missing,? Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Manaigre said. ?Our American counterparts obviously are very aware of what we are doing and we've also provided them with information.?

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    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8...athews-sources

    According to information VICE has learned from confidential sources, a U.S.-based neo-Nazi terrorist group is currently harboring a missing ex-soldier from Canada.

    The information suggests members of The Base are hiding Patrik Mathews, 26, whose whereabouts have been the focus of much speculation. Mathews allegedly crossed into the U.S. illegally from his native Manitoba with the help of the group, which has since taken steps to conceal his location.

    Mathews went missing after being outed as a recruiter and organizer for The Base by Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe. Federal authorities raided his home and seized multiple firearms. The former soldier was last seen by his family on August 24 with his abandoned car found less than 10 miles from the American border shortly thereafter.

    The news illustrates how The Base, previously a mostly online collective of hardcore neo-Nazis, is evolving into a bonafide terror network with a recruitment structure, a paramilitary training apparatus, and the capacity to covertly ferry members across international borders to fit its insurgent ambitions.

    While not charged with any crimes, U.S. police warned the public not to approach Mathews if he was spotted. When asked about the current status of Mathews, the FBI declined to comment.

    The RCMP, the Canadian federal police, wouldn’t comment on Mathews’ presence in the U.S., reiterating the former soldier was still the subject of a missing person's investigation and urging anyone with information on his location to contact them. A source in the Department of National Defence in Canada confirmed to VICE that military intelligence has an open investigation into Mathews.

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