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A Neligh-Oakdale graduate who has not been seen or heard from in nearly a week is now considered a missing/endangered person, according to his family.
Tucker Hood, a 2014 graduate of Neligh-Oakdale, was entered as a missing/endangered person in the state of Washington by the Chelan County Sheriff's Department on Thursday night, according to his family. Hood was last seen Sunday, Oct. 28, at around 7 a.m. at his aunt and uncle’s home in Entiat, Wash. He is believed to be driving a 1999 teal-colored Honda Civic with a ski rack on top and Washington license plate with the number BIC2590.
Hood's family is continuing to work with law enforcement in the search. There is no other update at this time for the missing 23-year-old, and his family is continuing to ask for assistance from the public in locating him.
An attempt to locate was issued for Hood by the sheriff's department on Thursday, according to Hood’s uncle Adam Jones. Hood is the son of Tim Hood of Neligh and Rowena Redli of Okanogan, Wash. Jones and Redli are siblings, and Hood has been living with Jones and his family for about seven months.
“(Tucker) moved in with us in March. He called me up and said he was ready to come home,” Jones said.
Jones said his nephew left his home on Sunday morning with plans to help his sister Kathryn, who also lives in Entiat, a community of 1,100 people located between the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountain range, Lake Entiat and the Entiat River.
Jones said he later discovered that Hood never arrived at his sister’s home on Sunday, located about three miles away, and had assumed Hood spent several nights at her house rather than returning to Jones' home. Jones said it was unusual that no one heard from Hood during that time and he missed work.
According to his uncle, Hood was working for US Aluminum Castings, a precision aluminum casting foundry in Entiat. Jones said Hood’s job entailed pouring aluminum into casting forms.
Jones said he had a detailed conversation with Hood on Saturday evening, and Hood was in “high spirits” and didn’t seem upset about anything. Jones said Hood left Sunday morning in a small compact car that would have difficulty on roads in the forest outside of Entiat, which he said is located in a valley but about five or 10 minutes from forest areas.
Considering Hood has been missing for six days, Jones said Hood could be anywhere in the U.S., including in Nebraska, where his father and many friends still live.
“He could be anywhere, so we’d really like everyone to share his photo and the photo of his car. We would like as much help as possible in finding him,” Jones said.
Anyone with information on Hood’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department at (509) 667-6851.