MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Family and friends of Alec Dye are hoping and praying for his safe return.
Before he joined the Air Force, Dye graduated from Decatur Central High School and went to the University of Indianapolis for a year. Dye’s been missing since Monday, when he was last seen at an Air Force base in Guam.
Now family and friends are just left to wonder, and they say that’s the worst part.
“The unknown. The anguish of not knowing what’s happened exactly. The time difference, the culture difference. It’s confusing and it’s something you just can’t explain,” said Decatur Central athletic director Kelly McWilliams.
McWilliams saw Dye every day during his time at Decatur Central. She said Dye spent most of his time on the basketball court, but McWilliams wasn’t surprised when he found his true calling in the Air Force.
“He wanted to make a difference, he wanted to serve our country, and be loyal to those who are loyal to him.That is just exactly what Alec is. He’s a loyal type of person,” said McWilliams.
“I want to help in someway. Obviously I can’t go across the country to Guam and search for him myself like I would want to,” said friend Zachery Harrison.
Harrison wanted Dye’s mother to get the chance to go to Guam. He started raising money, and thousands of dollars quickly came pouring in all for a common goal.
“I just hope that this money will help in some way, shape or form to bring Alec one step closer to his family,” said Harrison.
Those close to Harrison are hopeful that he’ll come back home soon.
“I’m worried for our generation that such a bright light is dim right now. But I’m hoping that he’s found and he can continue to impact everybody,” said McWilliams.
The school is planning on honoring Dye at the basketball game on Saturday. All fans are asked to wear yellow to show support.
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