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Sheriff's detectives still searching for missing Cornelius man

Matthew Pugh, 25, of Cornelius, has been missing since Saturday, Sept. 26.

A concerned family member contacted Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sunday, Sept. 27, after Pugh had been missing for about a day. Detectives found Pugh’s car with the engine running in the 32900 block of S.W. Plum Tree Court south of Hillsboro.

Deputies found the car after Plum Tree Court residents notified police of a 1994 Ford Taurus that was left running and was blocking a driveway. The Taurus ignition was "punched," requiring a screwdriver to start and stop the engine. After talking to Pugh’s family, detectives learned Pugh had previously damaged the ignition on his Taurus. Matthew Pugh

There were personal items in the vehicle belonging to Pugh and another person. Pugh has not shown up for work and has not contacted anyone close to him. It is very unusual for him to be out of contact with his family and friends for this extended period of time. Washington County Violent Crimes Detectives began assisting with the case.

Pugh is described as a 5-foot-8-inch tall, 180-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. The clothing that he was wearing when he went missing is unknown. Sheriff's officers are asking anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Pugh to call 503-846-2700.