Body of Missing Mom, Hope Tucker, Located After Extensive Search

Body of Missing Mom, Hope Tucker, Located After Extensive Search

A Tragic End to the Search for Hope Tucker and Her Dog

The remains of 46-year-old Hope Tucker and her dog have been found, marking the end of a two-week search operation initiated after she was reported missing on June 22, 2024. Tucker, who was last seen by her adult autistic son on May 22nd, disappeared after their vehicle broke down on I-10 near Verrado and Watson Road. Her body was discovered by search crews outside the Sienna Hills community north of I-10 early this morning.

Initial Reports and Search Efforts

The case began with a distressing report on June 22, 2024, when Hope’s son informed a family member about their ordeal on May 22nd. According to the son, their purple Dodge Charger had broken down in the early hours of May 22nd. Hope, who was with her adult son with high support needs and limited communication, left the vehicle to seek shade. Shortly after, Hope may have suffered a life-threatening medical emergency. Later that morning, a trooper found the abandoned vehicle on I-10 near mile post 119, and it was towed.

Hope’s son, now in the care of a relative, disclosed this information which led to Phoenix Police notifying Buckeye police, who immediately initiated a search operation.


Investigation and Search Operations

On May 24th, Buckeye police had already encountered Hope’s son during an indecent exposure call at QT on Watson Road. The man, found urinating in public, appeared to be in medical distress and was transported to the hospital where he stayed for about a month.

Despite attempts to locate Hope through phone pings and extensive ground and air searches, there was no success until today. The search, which included the use of drones, K9 units from Gila River Police Department, and helicopter searches by the Department of Public Safety and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, was exhaustive.

Updates and Timeline of Events

  • May 22: Hope and her son leave their broken-down vehicle on I-10 to seek shade.
  • May 22 (11 a.m.): Hope’s abandoned vehicle is found and towed.
  • May 24: Police contact Hope’s son at QT on Watson Road.
  • June 22: Hope’s son tells a relative about the incident, prompting a search.
  • June 24: Search operations focus on the desert area north of I-10.
  • June 25: Timeline and details of the search released by Buckeye Police.
  • July 2: Search efforts continue with a new focus, and a plea is made for information about Hope’s dog.
  • July 8: Hope Tucker’s body and her dog are located.

Discovery and Conclusion

Early this morning, Buckeye police set out to search the desert area west of the Sienna Hills community near Verrado Way and Thomas Road. By 6:30 a.m., they discovered Hope’s body and her deceased dog approximately 1.5 miles from I-10 in an area with steep terrain and a tall berm. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death, but no obvious signs of trauma were found.

Community and Law Enforcement Response

The Buckeye Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the Tucker family and expresses gratitude to the community, law enforcement, and media partners who assisted in the search. The concerted effort has brought some closure to Hope’s family after weeks of uncertainty and anguish.

Anyone with further information is urged to call 911 or submit a tip online at www.buckeyeaz.gov/crimetip.