A Hammond man is still missing after family members say he went out partying with friends two weeks ago.

Jonathan Matthew Tucker, 22, told his sister, Crystal Jackson, of Hammond, that he was going out with his usual group of friends to celebrate Labor Day night on Sept. 7. That night was the last time she or anyone from her family has seen Tucker, she said. She felt uneasy when he did not answer his phone the next day.

“I felt like it was a red flag when I called and it was like his phone was turned off,” Jackson said Wednesday. “He’s not even the kind of person that would let his phone die. Even if he was short on paying the phone bill he’d borrow money from me or someone else before he let it get shut off.”

Jackson said there was recently a death in the family and she called her brother the next morning to see if he needed to go clothes shopping for the services they were planning to attend. Even though she felt uneasy when she could not get a call through to Tucker, other family members assured her he would turn up. When he did not answer his phone Sept. 9, the day of the service, she called Hammond police and filed a missing person’s report.

Since Jackson filed the report, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa have teamed up to help with the investigation. So far, no new developments have come to light.

“He recently had to file for unemployment. The first two times he applied he was denied, but his application was accepted the third time he applied,” she said. “After he finally received his first payment, they sent him the previous two weeks’ pay retroactively.”

The retroactive payments were sent and stored on one ATM card, and Jackson fears he was possibly targeted for possessing a large amount of cash at one time.

Hammond Councilman Devon Wells told The Daily Star on Wednesday that Tucker is his nephew and he is prepared to used all his public connections to assist in the investigation.

Anyone knowing Tucker’s whereabouts or who may have information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or see www.tangicrime stoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip.

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