Matthew Deaver and his wife, Ruth, had a child that was stillborn. When his adopted son, Henry Deaver, went missing in the winter of 1991, Matthew Deaver suffered a broken back and frostbite while he was out searching for him. He was in intensive care in the hospital when his breathing tube was disconnected by young Molly Strand, killing him. An urban legend began that Henry killed his adoptive father.
- Matthew Deaver is played by Adam Rothenberg in the Castle Rock television series.