By: News Intern Katherine Jones
ROSEAU COUNTY- Patrick Matthews is under investigation in Canada for involvement in a right-wing group, one that seems to hate women, Jews, other races, and LGBTQ people. Matthews is a member of a group called The Base, which the Free Press describes as “a secretive network of highly radicalized neo-Nazis that is eagerly preparing for a race war.”
Based on the discovery of an abandoned pickup truck just on the other side of the border, authorities think Matthews may have fled to Minnesota, crossing somewhere near Roseau. The truck was located on Monday. Matthews, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was exposed as a member of hate groups by an undercover reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press.
The Roseau County Sheriff’s Office posted to Facebook warning residents Matthews might be in the area, and to correct rumors swirling that he was wanted for a homicide. In fact, he’s a missing person — albeit a potentially dangerous one — and has not yet been charged with a crime. The post instructs people not to approach Matthews, and to instead call local law enforcement or U.S. Border Patrol.