Alex “Tank” Gay, also known as Alejandro “Tank” Vazquez, a 5-foot-7, 200-pound Lakota, was last seen Oct. 29 near Kyle.
“It’s been more than two months and still not a word from him or help from anyone,” said his cousin Misty Hernandez, 42, of Kyle. “We’ve been asking for help, and no one seems to care.”
Vazquez had arrived back in South Dakota for a visit the weekend before Halloween from Dodge City, Kan., where he lived off and on with his father, Mario Vazquez, a mechanic at a packing plant. Since his return, the younger Vazquez had been staying with a brother, Angel, at his house five miles west of Kyle, Hernandez said.
“His brother saw him on the 29th (of October) when he left a trailer house out in the country at 3 a.m.,” she said. “His brother said he didn’t say anything about where he was going, but a couple people saw him knocking on his brother’s door in Kyle on Halloween morning. But, his brother didn’t open up.”
Since Tank Vazquez went missing, Hernandez said, the family had contacted the tribal president’s office, which in turn alerted BIA criminal investigators. Tribal police had searched several areas with ATVs but turned up nothing, and Hernandez said searchers had even used an airplane in their efforts, which were similarly unsuccessful.
“Friends and family organized a search party,” she added. “It wasn’t very big, because most people were too busy to help. We’ve been trying to get it posted on news stations everywhere, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is really wanting to get involved. Even search and rescue said they’d leave it up to the police.”
We WILL find you Alex and bring you home...