That is a question many in the Savannah area, especially this soldier's father, would like answered. The 23-year-old went missing on April 16th after a 3 a.m. phone call to his father requesting a ride. SPC Hornbeck and a buddy were out celebrating and the buddy had taken Hornbeck's phone to call the elder Hornbeck for a ride home. Eric Hornbeck arrived at the designated pick-up location seven minutes later and only found his son's buddy, Jeremy Stone, who said he'd lost sight of SPC Hornbeck just prior to the father's arrival. Eric Hornbeck then called his son's cell phone and heard his son say something about being "on the stairs" before the phone went dead.
Mr. Hornbeck is not sure if the call dropped or if his son hung up. What is known is that since April 16th, no one has seen this soldier and his cell phone, credit cards and bank card have gone unused. SPC Hornbeck's father along with dozens of volunteers have combed the streets looking for this 23-year-old veteran who returned from Iraq in January.
SPC Hornbeck's time in the Army ends at the conclusion of this month and he has plans to return to the U of Michigan (go blue) to finish his degree. In addition, he and his college sweetheart are engaged to be married this summer.
A complete rundown on the story as well as a photo of SPC Hornbeck can be found here.