‘He Got Murdered in His Own Driveway,’ Says Family of Victim
About 2 a.m. today, Mathew Dix’s girlfriend found him sitting in his idling truck on Victor Boulevard in Manila with a gunshot wound to the right side of his head towards the back, according to family members. He was dead.
“He got murdered in his own driveway,” said his brother who wishes to remain anonymous to add a layer of protection between him and the person who killed Mathew.
Lt. Kenny Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said the manner of death is undetermined and they are waiting for an autopsy before releasing any more information.*
The victim, Mathew Dix, who was originally from New York, had started working for FedEx about two weeks ago and lived in the 1700 block of Victor Boulevard in Manilla.
According to Dix’s brother, Mathew’s girlfriend told him that last night about 10 p.m., the victim told her that he would be gone about 10 minutes. He left the house wearing flipflops, sweatpants, and a hoodie. He did not take his phone.
The girlfriend told Dix’s brother that she fell asleep almost immediately after he left. About 2 a.m. she got up looking for him. She called and discovered he left his phone at the house. According to Dix’s brother, she “found his truck idling in the driveway. She goes out and finds him shot in the head with no murder weapon.”
Dix’s brother told us that the truck, 2015-2016 silver, heavy-duty, double cab, diesel 2500
Chevy Silverado GMC, must have been idling for multiple hours. He believes that his brother was shot after he left and returned to his home.
The girlfriend told Dix’s brother that he went to meet a man named Chris from Hoopa. According to Dix’s brother, the man his brother went to meet is believed to be in his mid to late 30’s and works on Three Creeks Mountain.
If you have any information, Dix’s family pleads with you to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Their number is (707) 445-7251 ex. 8.
The Lost Coast Outpost has photos of the truck here.
*Note: This article was updated with information from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office about 12 p.m.
**Note: An earlier version misspelled the victim’s name.