Police say 22-year-old Anthony Carey never checked in at Texas A&M for the fall semester.
Police tell us family members last saw or heard from Carey when he drove away with the intent of returning to College Station. Carey was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He was supposed to attend a meeting on campus Thursday, Aug. 23.
“We hadn't heard from him. He was supposed to get here on Thursday when the rest of the students arrived. So we tried to call his parents and him over the weekend. He never answered. We finally got in contact with his parents on Monday and that's when we put out a missing persons, because they hadn't heard from him since last Thursday either,” said James Johnson, a friend and the commanding officer of Squadron 18.
That's when University Police checked to see if anyone had seen the 22-year-old's vehicle.
“They put it in the system and realized that that vehicle was ran through the city of Marlin over the weekend,” said Marlin Police Chief Darrell Allen.
Investigators said they found the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer that Anthony Carey was driving locked and abandoned in Marlin. Hours later, investigators found a body near the vehicle in a wooded area.
Police say the preliminary investigation points to suicide, but they won’t know anything for sure until the autopsy is complete.
Friends say Carey joined the Corps of Cadets as a sophomore at Texas A&M.
“He said that the corps literally just turned his life around. And his enthusiasm that he had for the corps, and for his buddies, and for this outfit in particular was astounding,” said Johnson. “He was an outstanding gentleman. And I know he really wishes he could be here right now, and so do we. Right now we need him more than ever.”
Johnson wants the Carey family to know that Squadron 18 is there for them, if they ever need anything.