The search began after Sgt. Greco Antoine Tucker Jr., 23, failed to report for duty Monday morning. He was last heard from Friday.
Tucker “is currently unaccounted for and is not on pass or leave,” Col. Patrick Colloton, 7th Group commander, said in a statement. “Sgt. Tucker is a valued member of the 7th SFG(A) team, and we will do everything we can to facilitate the Crestview Police Department’s investigation.”
Tucker’s Crestview home showed no signs of forced entry, and his personal property was still in place, according to police.
However, his 2014 four-door, white Dodge Charger SE sedan was gone, officers said.
“It is possible he left the area,” Crestview Police Commander Ray Harp said. “He hasn’t reported to work, or to family or friends. It is very out of character for him.”
“We’re looking into the circumstances of Sgt. Tucker’s disappearance to determine if he left on his own accord,” Harp added. “At this point in the investigation, we don’t have any indications of foul play.”
Crestview Police told Army Times that its Investigations Division obtained search warrants for Tucker’s apartment and his electronics, to include phone and computer. The police also filed a subpoena for his bank and financial records.
“We have been interviewing his family, friends and coworkers,” a spokesperson for Crestview Police said. “We have also been checking regional airports and airport parking lots, and have listed Sgt. Tucker on nationwide missing people services. Nothing yet."
Members of 7th Group described Tucker as an exemplary soldier, according to police officers.
Military and law enforcement officials are asking that anyone who spots Tucker — possibly in his white Dodge Charger with Florida tag number 044-QCF — contact the Crestview Police Department at (850) 682-3544.
Those outside Crestview city limits should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 651-7400.
The Army’s 7th Special Forces Group is garrisoned at Eglin Air Force Base. The unit’s area of operations generally covers Latin America, though the group has operated elsewhere during the Global War on Terror.
Kyle Rempfer is an editor and reporter whose investigations have covered combat operations, criminal cases, foreign military assistance and training accidents. Before entering journalism, Kyle served in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and deployed in 2014 to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq.