#Missing: John Mathes, 91 - Jefferson County, OHIO (may be driving a 2007 Buick Lacrosse with the plate 1PEPSI - may be in the Youngstown area)

[Missing: John Mathes, 91 Jefferson County, OHIO (may be driving a 2007 Buick Lacrosse with the plate "1PEPSI" - may be in the Youngstown area)]

Four days ago, a 91-year-old man known as "Pepsi" John Mathes went missing in Jefferson County, and the family thinks that he may be in the Youngstown area.

The man is a resident of Wintersville, Ohio, near Steubenville. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a burgundy pin-striped shirt and a beige jacket.

Mathes granddaughter, Allison Eastham, said she believes her grandfather could be in the Youngstown area.

"We have family in the Youngstown-Hubbard areas, and when my grandma was around, they used to spend a lot of time out there," she said.

Mathes is believed to be driving his 2007 Buick Lacrosse. The license plate reads "1PEPSI".

Mathes used to be a deliveryman for Pepsi, and his family believes he may be on one of his old delivery routes.

"If he would remember anything, if anyone was able to talk to him, he would remember he worked for Pepsi," Eastham said. "I mean, he is the Pepsi man. Everybody knows him as Pepsi John."

More than 50 people in Jefferson County have been looking for Mathes during the last couple days, and Eastham said they have received several calls saying her grandfather has been spotted. But none of the calls have enough information to bring him home.

Eastham said, as the days go on, she worries more.

"He hasn't had his medicine in four days now, so he's probably really disoriented," she said.

Eastham said Mathes has not been diagnosed with dementia, but he is 91 and very forgetful. She says he loves to drive on back country roads, and maybe he is thinking that he he is looking for family.

"He's a very proud man. He wouldn't ask for help," she said.

Anyone with information on Mathes' whereabouts is asked to call his or her local police department.


Amy Kinney
Missing Alerts Manager
Board of Director
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