Published May 29, 2016
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION— In the aftermath of the discovery of the bodies of the three men who went missing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation earlier this month, the search for a fourth man, Alejandro “Tank” Vasquez—also known as Alex “Tank” Vasquez, continues near Kyle, South Dakota. Vasquez has been missing since last October.
With the exception of the men went missing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the two cases are completely separate and unrelated. At the time the three men were still missing, the Oglala Sioux Tribe offered a $25,000 reward for each case. The reward for Vasquez remains in effect.
A command center is in place for the search parties next to the Kyle Police Department.
A command center is in place next to the Kyle Police Department that sends out adults with at least four people per vehicle. The volunteers are sent out from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 daily.
Vasquez went missing October 29, 2015 after he walked away from the trailer he was staying at with his brother near American Horse Creek, near Kyle, South Dakota. Vasquez was 24 at the time he went missing. His birthday is May 6.
He is described as a mixed American Indian and Mexican male, who weighs about 200 lbs. and is 5’7”. He did not have a cell phone or bank cards at the time he went missing.
Vasquez’s family is dedicated to find their lost relative. They are physically going out with search parties and using social media to keep the case before the public.
“We don’t know where he went. I was in Mexico on vacation when he went missing and his brother called me four days later and said he did not know where Alex was,” said his father, Mario Vasquez, to Native News Online. Mario Vasquez lives in Dodge City, Kansas, which is about a nine hour drive away from the reservation.
“Right now it just makes sense to include Vasquez in the search because there has not been closure to his case,” commented Kevin Yellow Bird Steele, director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe public relations at the time the three other men who still missing.
“You can never give up to the final outcome,” Yellow Bird Steele added.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Alejandro “Tank” Vasquez is asked to contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs Command Center at 605-867-3289.