Evan Lacey, the missing Texas teenager, has been found dead at the age of 19. Lacey was from Arlington, Texas. He had been missing since December 17. Lacey’s family last saw him when he said he was headed to work. Lacey never showed up at his job and hasn’t been seen since. His phone had been turned off and there have been no sightings of him.
A statement from Lacey’s family read, “It is with much sorrow and heavy hearts that the Lacey family has learned that God has called His and our angel, Evan, to be with him. We greatly appreciate all of the prayers and support that family, community, teachers and all others have provided to our family during this difficult time.
We ask that you allow our family time to grieve considering we just learned of this information within the past hour. Funeral arrangement information will be shared once made this week.
The Lacey Family.”
Anybody with any information regarding Lacey’s death is asked to call the Arlington Police Department at 817-459-6389. Lacey was described as being 6-feet tall, African-American and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes. When Lacey was last seen, he was wearing a red jacket and gray sweatpants.
The Arlington Chief of Police, Will Johnson, has said that Lacey’s body was found on the morning of January 4. The chief added that his disappearance is now a homicide investigation.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Lacey’s Was Not Scheduled to Work on the Day He Disappeared
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Lacey was not scheduled to work on the day that he disappeared. The report adds that Lacey had recently started working at a recycling plant in Grand Prairie.
2. Lacey’s Car Was Found in Fort Worth on December 21
Lacey’s car, a 2006 blue Dodge Magnum, was found in Fort Worth on December 21, his family said. Fox 4 reported at the time that the discovery of the car had not given police any fresh leads on the teenager’s whereabouts. Lacey’s family said that the teenager had recently spoken about possibly selling his car. Upon the discovery of the car, they became worried that he met up with someone online in order to sell the vehicle.
Lacey’s aunt, Tailar Lacey, told the station at the time, “We definitely think that Evan is in danger. Evan does not leave the house without telling us where he’s going. I’ll be here ‘til we find him.” Lacey added that the day before the car had been found, the family had organized a search party on the banks of Lake Arlington in Eugene McCray Park which is less than five miles from where Lacey’s car was found.
3. Lacey’s Sister, Vivian Lacey, Said Their Family Would Celebrate Christmas When He Returned Home
Speaking to Fox 4, Lacey’s sister, Vivian, 21, said that the family was going to celebrate Christmas when he returned home. Vivian said, “Our main focus is just to find my brother. We can celebrate Christmas when he gets back. There’s some gifts I haven’t even opened because I know he’s coming back and I’m going to open them up with him and it’s going to be like every other Christmas.”
In a separate interview with NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, Vivian Lacey referred to her brother as her “best friend.” Vivian Lacey said, “It’s really hard on me. You know, it’s a blessing to be siblings. But it’s a choice to be best friends. And that is literally all I’ve been saying because it’s true. He’s my best friend.”
4. Lacey’s Father, Van Lacey, Said The Last Interaction He Had With His Son Was a Hug
Lacey’s father, Van Lacey, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth in an interview that his last interaction with his son was a hug. Van Lacey said, “He said, ‘Dad I’m off to work,’ gave me a hug like he always does. And I said, ‘Have a good day.’”
5. Friends Have Been Paying Tribute to Lacey on Social Media
As news of Lacey’s death spread, the teenager’s friends, and even his high school principal, have taken to social media to pay loving tributes to him. Here are some of the most poignant messages: