Tanner Hoang, a Texas A&M student who disappeared the day before graduation, has been found dead. According to authorities, he has been missing since December 16, 2022. But on Saturday, at Austin’s Pennybacker Bridge, Hoang’s body was found after extensive examination and searching (December 24).
The student’s absence from a lunch meeting on his graduation day prompted his family to file a missing person report. After authorities discovered Hoang’s silver Lexus car on Friday, the situation became more serious. However, Tanner was nowhere to be seen in or around the car, which had been left unattended.
The nearly 15,000 members Facebook group “Finding Tanner Hoang” received an important update from Hoang’s family. The message said:
“This afternoon Tanner was found dead near the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360. This is not the outcome we all prayed for, but on this Christmas Eve, Tanner now lies in the arms of his Savior, King, Prince of peace, joy and healer. No foul play is suspected.”
According to authorities and witnesses the Texas student was last seen on The Trails at the Wolf Pen apartment complex in College Station on the morning of Dec. 16.
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Tanner Hoang was found dead, but the cause of death is unknown
Police said Tanner Hoang’s body was uncovered after an intensive eight-day search after the student was reported dead. After December 16, he allegedly disappeared, leaving his mobile phone off. However, the exact cause of death of the 22-year-old student has not yet been made public by the authorities.
A day earlier, Hoang’s car had been found in the city. Last Friday, less than an hour after filling up for gas in Caldwell, the car reportedly passed through Elgin on Highway 290, according to authorities. Police have also released CCTV footage of the same incident.
Quan Hoang, Tanner Hoang’s uncle, posted a note in memory of the deceased student. He claimed:
“Tanner, we will always miss and love you, my cousin and brother in Christ. Thank you for so many beautiful and joyful memories you have given us. Our hearts are broken, but we have the firm 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 in His presence.”
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When authorities spoke to Tanner Hoang’s roommate, Luke, the student claimed:
“The unfortunate reality is that a person who can appear so happy and contented on the outside is still dealing with so much that no one knows about. We had absolutely no idea 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.”
At the same time, the administrator of the Facebook group claimed that no foul play was involved in Tanner Hoang’s death.
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