Missing Texas student, 22, is found dead on Christmas Eve after police launched desperate eight-day search for him: His family were traveling to his graduation when he disappeared
- Tanner Hoang, 22, vanished on December 16 just hours before his graduation
- The mechanical engineering student had plans to meet his family for lunch
- Relatives became concerned when they could not reach him on his phone
- His body was discovered close to where his car was found abandoned
A Texas university student was found dead on Christmas Eve after a desperate eight-day-long search – with his family traveling to his graduation when he vanished.
Tanner Hoang, 22, an A&M pupil studying mechanical engineering, was discovered in Austin close to where his vehicle was discovered abandoned on Thursday.
He was reported missing by his devastated family on December 16 after shutting his phone off around 8am – with relatives confirming that there is ‘no foul play suspected’ in his death.
Amber Alert Network Brazos valley put out an alert for the college student on December 18 after he disappeared.
Tanner Hoang, 22, was found dead on Christmas Eve after a desperate eight-day search when he failed to show up to a family lunch
His uncle Quan Hoang paid tribute to his nephew saying the family’s ‘hears are broken’ by his death
Authorities confirmed that he was last seen in the 900 block of Colgate Drive in College Station around 11 am and got gas around noon in Caldwell.
His family said that they had been on their way to his graduation on the weekend that he went missing, and were supposed to meet him for lunch.
Hoang’s uncle Quan Hoang paid tribute to his nephew, saying: ‘Tanner, we will always miss and love you, my nephew and brother in Christ.
‘Thank you for so many wonderful and joyful memories that you gave us. Our hearts are broken, yet we have the surest hope in Christ that you are in His loving arms, completely healed and restored.
‘We love you so much and look forward to being reunited with you again in His presence.’
Authorities shared images of the student as well as his silver Lexus which he was last seen driving, and he was found close to the vehicle.
Authorities confirmed that Tanner (left) was last seen in the 900 block of Colgate Drive in College Station around 11 am and got gas around noon in Caldwell
He was reported missing by his devastated family on December 16 after shutting his phone off around 8am – with relatives confirming that there is ‘no foul play suspected’ in his death
Authorities shared images of the student as well as his silver Lexus which he was last seen driving, and he was found close to the vehicle
Officials say that his body was found near Pennybacker Bridge on Saturday afternoon, with authorities calling off a search on Christmas Eve.
His housemate Luke added: ‘The unfortunate reality is a person who can seem so happy and content on the outside can still be dealing with so much that no one knows about.
‘We had absolutely no idea of what he was going through and no reason to think anything was up.
‘There is always help all around you and the hardest part is asking for it.
‘I would give anything to have the chance to sit down with Tanner and find a way to help him through whatever is going on, no matter what it is.’