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Cody Scott Matney

Missing Person Case September 2021

Matney, approximately 2002

Date reported missing : 04/28/2002

Missing location (approx) :
Bristol, Tennessee
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 12/29/1977 (43)
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A navy blue long-sleeved shirt, jeans, a blue University of Florida Gators hat imprinted with the letter "F", and a gold rope chain.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Matney normally shaved his head at the time of his April 2002 disappearance. He has a tattoo of the Incredible Hulk on his upper right arm and a tattoo of Batman and Gotham City on his upper left arm.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Matney was last seen in Bristol, Tennessee on April 28, 2002. He was outside Confetti's Sports Bar in the 3200 block of West State Street. The establishment is off of Exit 74-B along Interstate 81.
Witnesses told authorities that Matney made a call from the bar's pay phone, then sat inside his 1991 Ford Ranger truck in the parking lot, talking to an unidentified person in another truck. He has never been heard from again.
Matney's truck was discovered abandoned in the bar's parking lot five days after his disappearance. His checkbook was sitting on the dash, but there was no other evidence at the scene.
There has not been any activity on Matney's bank account since April 2002. He is known to have made eight telephone calls on his calling card around the time of his disappearance, but most of the numbers he called have been lost.
Authorities believe that Matney may have departed from the bar with an acquaintance. His disappearance remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Bristol Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 25% of missing children in Europe. By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends. Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
The Bristol Herald Courier

October 12, 2004. February 2, 2008; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.