An agriculture teacher in Texas was driving away from a youth livestock arena when he vanished, according to a local news report.
That was the evening of Thursday, May 19, KHOU reported. Now Texas EquuSearch and the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office are searching for 49-year-old Craig Kettler.
Kettler was last seen near the 600 block of County Road 351 in Alvin, about 30 miles south of Houston, according to a news release from Texas EquuSearch.
“At the time of his disappearance Craig was driving a white, 2000 Ford F-250 extended cab truck, with a camper on the bed, and the business name ‘LD Systems’ on the driver-side door and bearing license plate HHV-0744,” the nonprofit search and rescue organization said.
Alvin Independent School District confirmed Kettler, an employee of the district, has not been heard from since May 19, according to KTRK.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is of utmost importance to Alvin ISD ... Alvin ISD has reached out to the Kettler family and has been assisting the family during this difficult time,” the district said in a statement to the outlet.
Those who know Kettler describe him as a “very loved” high school teacher and “one of the best Ag teachers in the state.” The teacher, also a husband and father, has also been called one of the best mentors and friends.
“This man has done so so much for AISD ag (and) FFA students,” one person shared on Facebook. “He’s a great man and does all he can to help his students.”
Kettler was last seen wearing a collared button-down shirt with blue, orange and white plaid, as seen in a photo shared by Texas EquuSearch. He has “mostly gray hair, a full beard and mustache, and has a small scar on his forehead.”
If you have seen Ketter or the white pickup truck since he went missing — or if you have any additional information — call the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office at 979-849-2441 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.