Child star Matthew Mindler has been confirmed dead after being missing for a number of days.
Mindler was known for his performance in the 2011 comedy-drama Our Idiot Brother, where he starred alongside the likes of Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks, among others. Since then, Mindler had appeared in shorts as well as television films and had appeared on talk shows including the Late Show With David Letterman and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Mindler, who was a student at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, had been reported missing, and a subsequent search was launched. The university provided updates about the incident on Twitter, stating: “Police are asking for help in finding 20-year-old Matthew Mindler, a first-year student from Hellertown, PA, who has been missing since Tuesday evening August 24, 2021.”
Adding: “Matt was reported missing to University Police late last evening after he did not return to his room or return phone calls from his family. Matt was last seen walking from his residence hall, West Villages toward the Centennial Dr. parking lot area at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday night. He was wearing a white Millersville University hooded sweatshirt with black stripes on the arm, a black backpack, jeans and white sneakers.”
However, in a tragic development, it was confirmed on August 28 that Mindler had passed away. His body was found near the Millersville campus after an extensive search by the university as well as the police. University President Dr. Daniel A. Wubah said in a statement: “It is with a grieving heart that I let you know of the death of 19-year-old Matthew Mindler from Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a first-year student at Millersville University.”
The statement continued: “Our thoughts of comfort and peace are with his friends and family during this difficult time. A search had been underway for Matthew since Thursday, after he was reported missing. Millersville University Police and law enforcement agencies from the area had been searching for him since that time.”
Adding, “Matthew was found deceased this morning, Saturday, August 28 in Manor Township near campus. Matthew was transported to the Lancaster County Forensic Center by the coroner for further investigation. This is a time of grief for the family, our campus and the community. I ask that the campus community come together to support each other, and our students, during this difficult time.”