Ariah Matthews
Ariah Matthews (Photo provided by Springfield Police Department)

Update: Matthews was safely located on May 29, 2024.

The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an endangered missing 16-year-old.

Ariah Matthews is 5-foot-7 and 200 pounds with red or burgundy dyed hair and a pale complexion. It is unknown what Matthews was wearing when she went missing.

According to police, Matthews suffers from mental health issues and is currently not taking medication. She was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, near West Nichols Street and North Douglas Ave in the Grant Beach Neighborhood.

Anyone with information relating to Matthews’ whereabouts should call 911 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477) or online at

Jackie Rehwald

Jackie Rehwald is a reporter at the Hauxeda. She covers public safety, the courts, homelessness, domestic violence and other social issues. Her office line is 417-837-3659. More by Jackie Rehwald