HOUSTON – It's been nearly a year since Chase Lackey, 26, disappeared and investigators are no closer to finding him.
That's why Crime Stoppers, the Harris County Sheriff's Office and Lackey's parents made a public plea Wednesday for information leading to his whereabouts.
"Chase is our son," Debbie Diaz, Lackey's mother, said with tears in her eyes. "He is a good kid. I'm begging. I know someone knows something. I'm just begging for anything good or bad."
By all accounts, investigators said, Lackey was living a normal life. He was last seen July 1 and went missing the next day from his home in the 6100 block of South Sam Houston Parkway.
According to HCSO Lt. J.D. Philpot, there may have been foul play involved, but he wouldn't release many details as to why detectives believe that.
"I'm not going to go into specifics, but there was a few individuals that we know prior to his disappearance that he may have been associating with," Philpot said. "I don't know the length of the detail about those friendships but we have since learned that a few of those individuals were doing some illegal things."
Investigators categorized Lackey's disappearance as suspicious because all of his belongings were left at his home, including his vehicle. His dog, however, went missing along with Lackey.
Lackey is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall with a number of tattoos -- namely, a cross on his left shoulder blade, Chinese letters on his right ribs and Scriptures on his left arm, according to a Crime Stoppers press release.
Lackey's father Craig spoke about the last time he talked to his son.
"I saw him Friday night on June 30," Craig Lackey said. "He was in a recreation softball league. I watched him play softball and his last words were, 'I love you, Pop.'"
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for locating Lackey or information leading to an arrest in this case.