Posted BY: Cristina Laila
A Texas A&M civil engineering student who vanished on December 16 was found dead in Austin over the weekend.
Tanner Hoang was supposed to meet his family for lunch before his graduation ceremony, but he never showed up.
“The College Station Police Department is seeking information on the location of 22-year-old Tanner Hoang. Tanner has been missing since Friday, December 16, 2022, and is possibly driving a silver-colored 2009 Lexus ES350 with Texas LP BS2C737. Tanner may have left the local area. If you have information please contact 979-764-3600 or local law enforcement,” according to a flyer posted by the Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley.
Hoang was seen driving westbound on Highway 21 on Friday, according to his family.
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According to Fox 7 Austin, Tanner Hoang wasn’t supposed to walk across the stage with other graduates because his name was not included at the commencement ceremony.
Tanner Hoang’s body was found near the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 on Saturday, his family said.
No foul play is suspected.
“This is not the outcome that we have all been praying for, but on this Christmas Eve, Tanner is now in the arms of his Savior, King, Prince of Peace, Joy, and Healer,” a family spokesperson wrote on Facebook. “They feel God’s love for them through the overwhelming outpouring of support. They know Tanner was loved by so many.”
“Please continue to lift their family up in prayer.”
CBS DFW reported:
A Texas A&M student who went missing just over a week ago has been found dead in Austin, a spokesperson for his family announced on social media Saturday.
According to police, Tanner Hoang, 22, of Flower Mound, was found deceased near the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360. The cause of death has not been released, but police do not suspect foul play.
Tanner, 22, was last seen at around 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 in College Station, according to CBS affiliate KBTX.
Tanner’s family said on social media that they were in town to watch him graduate. After he went missing, however, they learned he had fallen short of the requirements to graduate. Texas A&M confirmed he was not part of the ceremonies.
His father said that he had texted Tanner at 8:30 a.m. and that the message was marked as “read” before Tanner’s phone turned off.
Tanner used his debit card to pay for gas at a station in Caldwell, but all signs of him vanished until last week when his car was found abandoned in Austin near the hiking trail leading to the Pennybacker Bridge Overlook at Highway 360 and the Colorado River.