July 20, 2024

Hope Tucker’s dog also missing, police ask public to help

Buckeye Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Hope Tucker's dog, who went missing with her May 22.

BPD said this morning detectives learned the dog was with Tucker and her son when their Dodge Challenger broke down on the side of the I-10 near Verrado.

"Details about this dog's whereabouts can potentially help investigators locate Hope," BPD said in a statement.

Anyone with information on the dog can call BPD's tip line at 623-349-6411 or online here.

Hope Tucker's dog who was with her and her son when they went missing May 2. [Buckeye Police Department]
On June 27, BPD announced a specialized forensic interviewer met with Tucker's adult son, who is a person with autism and limited verbal communication. Most of his communication is facilitated with the help of a family member, BPD Public Information Officer Carissa Planalp told InBuckeye in a previous interview. The forensic interviewer was able to obtain further details from Tucker's son which led police to begin searching further north off the I-10 freeway.

Hope Tucker [Buckeye Police Department]
Hope Tucker [Buckeye Police Department]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Early in the morning on May 22, Tucker's purple Dodge Charger broke down on Interstate 10 between Verrado and Watson Road. According to Tucker's son, they left the vehicle and sought shade. Police speculate Tucker may have suffered a medical emergency afterward and died.

At about 11 a.m. that same day, a state trooper found the abandoned vehicle near milepost 119 and had it towed.

On May 24, BPD responded to a call for indecent exposure at the QT on Watson Road where they found Tucker's son publicly urinating. He appeared to be in medical distress. He was transported to the hospital where he stayed for about a month. At the time, BPD did not know the man was Tucker's son.

On June 22, Tucker's son told a relative about what happened that morning a month prior. The relative contacted Phoenix Police Department, which sent the case to BPD. At that time, BPD realized he was the man who was transported to the hospital from QT on May 24. Police attempted to ping Tucker's phone without success.

BPD released a missing person's notice for Tucker on June 23 and the investigation ensued with assistant from multiple local agencies.

Tucker's son indicated that he may have seen his mother die, however, that has not been confirmed. If Tucker's son indeed saw his mother die, it may have been due to a medical emergency, Planalp said. However, the department is not limiting the investigation to only a physical search to locate a body.

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