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Disappearance Of Texas A&M University Student Tanner Hoang Baffles Authorities
“He loved the place. He loved the people,” Quan Hoang, the uncle of missing Texas A&M student Tanner Hoang, said of the 22-year-old’s love for the school.
Authorities are frantically attempting to locate a Texas A&M University student who mysteriously vanished from campus late last week, per reports.
Tanner Hoang, 22, was last seen on Friday at approximately 11 a.m. at the Trails at Wolf Pen apartment complex in College Station, Texas, NBC News reported.
According to Hoang’s family, they’d traveled to College Station, the home of Texas A&M University, to attend Hoang’s graduation the weekend he disappeared. But loved ones said he failed to show up for a pre-graduation lunch.
"I think I was thinking this is not characteristic of Tanner,” Hoang’s uncle, Quan Hoang, told Austin television station KTBC. “When we have family gatherings from Tanner, he's there. He's never been this way ... I was a little bit shocked about it.”
His family later learned, however, that Hoang’s name wasn’t included at the Texas A&M University commencement ceremonies.
"His family had come into town for what was supposed to be a happy, a joyous occasion,” Chuck Fleeger, the executive director of the Amber Alert Network of the Brazos Valley, told the outlet. “And certainly, circumstances have changed to now where it's kind of a family's worst nightmare, a missing loved one.”
Oxygen.com has reached out to Texas A&M University for more information.
Hoang could possibly be operating a silver 2009 Lexus, according to his missing persons poster. His family said they’d obtained video showing Hoang’s car traveling westbound on Highway 21 after filling up at a Shell service station near College Station, per KTBC.
"Given the fact that he was in a vehicle with a full tank of gas, and it has been since Friday, realistically, he could be anywhere," Fleeger stated. “It's really important that people remain vigilant, that we continue to watch out, that we do everything.”
The College Station Police Department hasn’t yet commented on the purported footage.
Hoang’s family said he was studying civil engineering at Texas A&M. His father and a number of family members had previously attended the school, according to relatives.
“Tanner had always loved Texas A&M, went to football games, so always wanted to go to Texas A&M and when you got there, made some great friends involved in intramurals, you know,” Quan Hoang added. “So he loved the place. He loved the people.”
Hoang’s family is now appealing to the public for any information regarding the 22-year-old’s possible whereabouts.
"For me, however long it takes to bring Tanner back,” Quan Hoang said. "That's my commitment.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety is also assisting in the investigation, according to reports. Authorities haven't released additional information.
"There are no further updates at this time," David Simmons, a public information officer for the College Station Police Department, told Oxygen.com on Wednesday. "We are working with Texas Department of Public Safety to locate Mr. Hoang. We are continuing to ask the public to be on the lookout for him or his vehicle."
Hoang, who has brown hair and brown eyes, is described as an Asian male. He’s approximately 6-feet tall and weighs 175 pounds.
Anyone with additional information pertaining to Hoang’s whereabouts is urged to contact College Station investigators by calling 979-764-3600.