DEXTER, Maine — Police sought the public’s help Tuesday in finding Matthew Lee Ricker, 31, formerly of Sangerville.

They want to determine his well-being.

Ricker has not been seen or heard from since Oct. 1, when he spoke to his father and told him he “didn’t have to worry about him anymore,” according to his mother, Kathy Ricker of Dexter.

Matthew Ricker was not reported missing until this week, Kathy Ricker said, because she thought he needed some time to “cool off.” She became alarmed, she said Tuesday, when everyone involved in her son’s life began talking and found that no one had seen or talked with him since Oct. 1.

Dexter police enlisted to help because those who last saw Matthew Ricker said he was distraught over marital problems. Ricker also is wanted on a warrant for unpaid fines, according to his mother.

“It’s like everything came crashing down on him at once,” she said.

Ricker said she had been trying to convince her son to turn himself in on the warrant and get medical help before he disappeared so he could get his life straightened out.

Matthew Ricker, who prefers to wears dark clothing, is 6 feet 4 inches tall, has auburn hair and hazel eyes, and his upper teeth are damaged.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call the Dexter Police Department at 924-7622.