Where is Matthew Fryslie? Teacher, 62, vanishes from Chicago airport after returning from Taiwan

Fryslie, an English instructor who resides in Taiwan, was on his way to Des Moines, Iowa, via Chicago when he disappeared without a trace

Where is Matthew Fryslie? Teacher, 62, vanishes from Chicago airport after returning from Taiwan
Surveillance footage captured missing English teacher Matthew Fryslie at Chicago's O'Hare Airport (Matthew Fryslie and Chicago SUV/ Facebook)
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Shocking security footage recorded a missing English teacher at the airport before he inexplicably disappeared without getting on his flight. The teacher has been identified as Matthew Fryslie, 62, who has been missing for six days after failing to board a connecting flight at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

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On September 14, 2022, Fryslie, an English instructor who resides in Taiwan, was on his way to Des Moines, Iowa, via Chicago. The Hardin County Sheriff's Office in Iowa and Chicago police are both looking into Fryslie's mysterious disappearance.

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Fryslie's family has been informed that he has disappeared without a trace, and they are now inconsolable. His family member Bobette Fryslie posted updates on Facebook and sought help from people as the family searches for him. She wrote in her post on September 20, "Matt was last seen wearing a baseball cap, cargo shorts, and navy jacket. He was seen in the last 24 hours near Swedish Hospital Chicago. We are assuming Matt’s mental status may be altered or confused. Please continue share to help us find Matt. Thank you!"

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She further wrote, "If Matt were to have left the airport, he is often dressed in layers, travels light, and is usually seen wearing a beanie. Matt is an avid walker, it is not unusual for him to walk long distances, especially when under stress."

The missing man's brother, Paul Fryslie, spoke to NBC Chicago and stated, "Mom and my son were waiting to pick him up, and he never got off the plane. The video techs at O’Hare have identified him as being there, and they are still trying to track his movement through the airport."

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Since then, the family has distributed flyers with a picture of Fryslie to find their him. Paul continued, "All we can do is hope and pray that we find him before anything bad does happen. The more sets of eyes, the better, and all it takes is one phone call."

The missing teacher's devastated mother Kathy Fryslie was seen on the road where his passport was found, handing out flyers to passersby as she begged for help in locating her son. Speaking to NBC Chicago, she said, "We are very certain that he is here in Chicago somewhere. It is very frustrating and scary, your mind tends to go to dark ugly places."

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Fryslie's passport was discovered in the Uptown neighborhood's 4400-block of North Sheridan Road. Then on September 19 evening, the family learned that police picked him up and took him to Swedish Hospital in Chicago and later released him the next morning.

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People can call Area Three Detective Bureau Special Victims Unit at 312-744-8266 if they have information or have seen Matthew Fryslie, according to his missing report.

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