The year 2017 was marred by a heartrending event when the life of Tanner Ward, a young man of 19, was tragically cut short. The subsequent investigation and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and death left his loved ones wrestling with an abyss of unanswered questions.
The Heartfelt Departure
On June 7, 2017 Tanner Ward said his last goodbyes and left his home, promising he would visit Jeremiah again after. Unfortunately, Tanner would never come back home – as promised to Jeremiah during this short farewell visit he made that same evening he disappeared without trace a mere three hours later. Tanner was an attentive father and loving partner to Megan with whom they raised their daughter Sophia together. Until his passing away was never sure.
The Enigmatic Friendship
Despite facing various hurdles during his teenage years, Tanner was heading in a positive direction, driven by his family’s love and his personal ambitions. However, he had recently formed a friendship with Jeremiah, a figure unfamiliar to his family, leading to heightened concerns when Tanner didn’t return home.
The Disturbing Discovery
As hours turned into days, Tanner’s sister Kelsey embarked on a mission to find her missing brother. Her search led her to Jeremiah’s house, where a scene of chaos suggested a violent altercation. Among the wreckage, Kelsey found Tanner’s baseball cap and promptly reported her brother missing, handing over the cap as potential evidence.
Jeremiah’s Suspected Involvement
As the investigation commenced, Jeremiah was put under scrutiny due to his potential connection with Tanner’s disappearance. Suspicion was further raised by anomalies on Tanner’s shirt, which Jeremiah was seen wearing. Although a voice-stress test on Jeremiah was inconclusive, a search was initiated on a property belonging to his father, which unfortunately did not yield any significant leads.
A Dire Investigation with No Leads
The investigation was challenged by Tanner’s lack of a digital footprint due to his non-use of a cellphone. Despite vigorous efforts, the police found no concrete evidence hinting at Tanner’s whereabouts, leading them to suspect foul play.
The Dreadful Discovery
Six months later, two of Tanner’s childhood friends made an extraordinary discovery; Tanner’s dead body hanging in a tree just three blocks from his family home had been identified through dental records as his, leading investigators to rule it as suicide as initially caused of death.
Rumors and speculations about the circumstances of Tanner’s death quickly spread across Trenton, challenging the initial suicide ruling. Tanner’s family firmly believed that he would never have chosen to end his life, adding to the doubts about the suicide claim. Testimonies from construction workers and Tanner’s friend cast further doubt on the official version of events.
The Lingering Pain and Unanswered Questions
The Ward family was left to grapple with the pain of their loss and the frustrating lack of clarity surrounding Tanner’s death. Their determination to find the truth and honor Tanner’s memory remained resolute, as they continued to reject the suicide ruling.
Unfolding the Enigma: The Pursuit of Justice for Tanner Ward
The tragic case of Tanner Ward continues to remind us of life’s profound complexities, the torment of unresolved questions, and the enduring love of a family seeking justice for their lost son. The quest for closure and justice remains ongoing as the family seeks to unravel the truth behind Tanner’s enigmatic disappearance and death.