A heartbroken family is seeking answers after their loved one failed to show up for lunch ahead of his graduation ceremony last week. Tanner Hoang, 22, was reported missing by his family after he missed a meal, which had been planned to celebrate his academic achievement.
The student at Texas A&M University was last seen at an apartment complex on Friday morning ahead of the ceremony, which he failed to show up to. The events surrounding his disappearance remain a mystery.
The mechanical engineering student was last seen at The Trails at Wolf Pen apartment complex in College Station around 11am on December 16, a notice from missing persons charity Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley (AANBV) confirmed.
Mr Hoang’s uncle, Quan Hoang, told Fox 7: “I was thinking this is not characteristic of Tanner.
“When we have family gatherings from Tanner, he’s there. He’s never been this way.”
AANBV executive director Chuck Fleering told the outlet: “His family had come into town for what was supposed to be a happy, joyous occasion. And certainly, circumstances have changed to now where it’s kind of a family’s worst nightmare.”
Police believe he may have left town in a silver car heading west.
Earlier this week, Hoang’s family released surveillance footage that appears to show his silver 2009 Lexus car on the day he went missing.
Tanner appeared to be driving westbound on Highway 21 after stopping to fill up his car at a Shell station in nearby Caldwell.
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Following the release of the footage, Chuck Fleeger, of Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley, said: “Until you find them, and you verify the circumstances, it’s really important that people remain vigilant, that we continue to watch out, that we do everything.”
Tanner’s family have set up their own Facebook page dedicated to finding the missing 22-year-old, as the events surrounding his disappearance remain a mystery.
His uncle, Quan, told KHOU 11: “We want him back home with us.
“We are just asking everybody to continue to pray, we believe in the power of prayer, and we are asking God to bring Tanner back to us.
“He was supposed to graduate but I’m not sure what happened that would cause him to leave.”
Anyone with information about his location is encouraged to contact the College Station Police Department.
Tanner’s family shared the following message in the hopes he will see it and return.
“Just let him know his family loves him, his entire extended family, that God loves him, there’s nothing that he has done that would keep us from loving him.”