A missing student’s car has been found 100 miles away from his university campus after he failed to show up to his graduation a week ago.
Tanner Hoang, 22 was reported missing by his family after he did not arrive at lunch ahead of his graduation ceremony last week. His car has now been found but the mechanical engineering student’s whereabouts remains a mystery.
Mr Hoang, a final-year student at Texas A&M University, was last seen at an apartment complex on the morning of the ceremony – Friday, December 16.
It has now been revealed by the university that Tanner was not set to take part as he had not met the requirements.
Earlier this week, Mr Hoang’s family released surveillance footage which appears to show his silver 2009 Lexus car on the day he went missing.
He appeared to be driving westbound on Texas’ Highway 21 after stopping to fill up his car at a Shell station in the small city of Caldwell.
Following the release of the footage, Texas police confirmed Mr Hoang’s car was found in a parking area in Austin on Thursday.
Police confirmed there was some damage to the vehicle’s passenger side front door and included pictures on a missing person flyer.
His family, who created a Facebook page in the hopes of finding their son, made a plea to the public hours before the car was found.
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Writing on the page, his mother, Alisa, said: “With families getting ready for holiday travelling, we are asking everyone to please continue to be on the look out for Tanner’s silver car.”
The surveillance footage released by his family earlier this week appeared to show him pulling out of a Shell petrol station before setting off westbound on a highway near campus.
Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley’s Chuck Fleeger previously said the missing student “could be anywhere” with the full tank of gas.
He added: “We can assume that we understand why a person is missing and what they’re thinking.
“But 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.”
Writing on the Facebook page, mum Alisa also said: “My son is still missing. We miss him dearly and want more than anything another chance to hold him tight and tell him he is deeply loved. This has been a gut-wrenching four days for our family, but God had already brought good out of this.
“Lives are being transformed by God’s loving-kindness. God’s love for Tanner and our family has been so evident and overwhelming. When we made the difficult decision to push this through social media, we had no idea the depth and width of support, care, concern and prayer that would follow.”
She thanked those helping to try to locate Mr Hoang and said she has “no doubt our son will be found”.