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August 2015

Memorial Information

First, thank you all very much for your continued love and support.

Unfortunately, there is no news regarding the circumstances of Mason’s death. Investigators are still working to follow tips and leads that continue to roll in. There was a tip sent in from a private party who may have seen the dingy Mason was last seen on. This has not been confirmed but is being investigated.

A memorial service has been scheduled to take place on September 19, 2015. The information is as followed.

Location:

Faith West Church

2225 Porter Road

Katy, Texas

77493

Time: 4:00 pm

Accommodations for those traveling to attend have been made for the following hotels. Please be sure to mention that you are booking a room for the Mason Hart Memorial.

Hyatt Hotel – 15405 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094

King and Double Suites available for $80.00/Night

Call 1-888-591-1234

Must reserve on or before September 4, 2015.

Omni Hotel – 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079

One or Two Person for a Standard or Deluxe room available for $89.00/Night.

Call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664)

Must reserve on or before September 11, 2015.

Americas Best Value Inn – 15101 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77094

Single bed – $60.00 Double Bed – $70.00

Call 281-646-7800 and mention the Mason Hart Memorial.

We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes in.

Thank you all and we look forward to celebrating the spirit of our sweet Mason with his closest friends and family.

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Update

Unfortunately, there is little news to report. Investigators are still trying to piece together the details surrounding Mason’s death. We appreciate all of the tips that are being sent in which have helped in our search for answers.

We are also finalizing the arrangements for the memorial. We will let you all know as soon as we have more answers.

With a heavy heart, it is official.

We were all holding our breaths, just praying that this wasn’t actually our Mason. We were hoping that we would all wake up from this terrible dream and Mason would be home safe with his family.

Unfortunately, David Tucker positively identified Mason’s body laying lifeless before him.

If it wasn’t real before, it is now. Please continue to share Mason’s story. Help us find the missing boat which could provide investigators with crucial information surrounding Mason’s death. Help us bring peace to Mason’s family, and justice for Mason.

Thank you for all of your continued support. We couldn’t do this without you.

A Big Step!

Daily Mail, a British media outlet ran Mason’s story today. This would not have been possible without everyone’s support.

The link can be found under the Media Coverage tab on this website.

Please continue to share Mason’s story with everyone you know. You all are the reason we have come this far! Please keep up the good work.

To Our Supporters

Thank you to those of you who have donated and prayed for our family. This is a hard time with many obstacles for everyone involved. We are desperately trying to find answers surrounding the death of our sweet Mason.

We have no idea what it will cost to get Mason back to us but we are doing everything in our power to bring peace and justice to Mason. Without your help, this search for answers would not be possible.

We want to give a very special thank you to David, Daniel and Stacey, who have made this investigation possible.

Thank you for sharing all of your stories. Every story speaks volumes about the kind of person Mason was to all of you. It means the world to know just how special he was to everyone around him.

Our GoFundMe page has been overwhelmingly successful and we appreciate all of your donations. The money that is being raised will not only help bring Mason back home, but will also help support Mason’s family while they endure this hardship and cover costs of the memorial.

Thank you all very much for everything you have done and are doing to help our family during this time.

To A Reluctant US Embassy – We Want Answers

Dear Madam or Sir,

Please help! We need your help in bringing immediate attention and assistance to investigating the recent and mysterious death of Mason Hart, age 23 of Houston Texas in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. On July 29th, Mason’s naked body was found lifeless on the shores of Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands Bahamas – which is 8 miles by water from the marina where he was staying (in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas).

Today,
• We are trying to get assistance in the Bahamas and no one is there to help!
• The US Embassy in the Bahamas attempted to turn us away because they are on a “Bahamian Holiday” work schedule!
• Hundreds of Texas Tech students and Houston Texas community are coming together in pursuit of answers and justice.
Mason Hart just graduated from Texas Tech this spring. He was 24 years old and spending his first summer as a college graduate working on a close family-friend owned sport fishing boat, “Tucker Tales”, and enjoying the opportunity to sail and see the world. The boat’s owner is David Tucker, also of Houston, Texas. David has been Mason “second father” for the majority of his life. Mason and David’s son, Austin have grown up together, like brothers.

This is OUTRAGEOUS! …
When David Tucker arrived at our U.S. Embassy in Nassau today (8/2/15) with his passport and Power of Attorney to handle all Mason’s affairs, he was greeted by local Bahamian armed-guards who attempted to turn him away to return Tuesday, after the long Bahamian “Emancipation Day” holiday weekend. It was only after using strong assertiveness with Bahamian security at our Embassy door, did we get the Bahamian security guard to call inside the Embassy to request a U.S. Embassy official come to the door and talk with us. Cliff Chamble, US Citizen traveling with David Tucker was DENIED access to our US Embassy. This is OUTRAGEOUS!

David is desperate to postpone Mason’s autopsy (currently scheduled for Tuesday morning) so that we can get good blood samples to do a 3rd party toxicology exam. This will be crucial to finding resolve.

WE WANT TO KNOW WHY?
• Why are our US Embassy’s being guarded by Bahamians, and not being guarded by US Marines?
• In the wake of Benghazi… Why isn’t the Obama administration supporting Marines to protect our Embassy’s and US Citizens abroad?
• Why is it that a US Citizens holding US Passports and requesting urgent help with a possible murder of a US Citizen abroad is being turned away because of a LOCAL holiday?
• Why isn’t our Department of State doing their job to protect and support the 5 – 6 million US citizens visiting the Bahamas each year!?!?! The State Department website clearly communicates collaboration initiatives with Bahamian authorities against narcotics and human trafficking. But when are these initiatives in action? Only 9:00 – 5:00 on weekdays? Outrageous!
• Why isn’t our Embassy putting pressure on local authorities to conduct prompt and thorough investigation? David has been working diligently to coordinate with the local authorities for assistance investigating his mysterious death – including providing solid leads and evidence for follow-up. HOWEVER, assistance has been limited EVEN BY OUR OWN U.S. EMBASSY in Nassau!
We are finding our situation is similar to what Natalee Holloway’s parents, Dave and Beth have been experiencing… limited assistance by the local authorities to investigate what we are growing to believe is a death by foul play.

The circumstances surrounding Mason’s death are unknown (since the incident occurred while he was to be in the Bahamas alone for about two weeks.) Here’s some of what we do know now… On Tuesday, July 28th, Mason had taken the boat’s dingy across the harbor for lunch and cocktails at Snappa’s restaurant on Marsh Harbour Bahamas. Credit card receipts show a last transaction there at approximately 3:00 p.m. He then went to Nippers Restaurant on Guana Cay and is final transaction was around 7:30 pm. Then, on July 29th, Mason’s naked body was found lifeless on the shores of Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands Bahamas. The dingy which he was using has not been found. The fact that Mason was found floating face up and naked does not make sense to any of us.

We need to conduct a 3rd party autopsy to determine cause of death and, hopefully, rule out foul play. But, with authorities out enjoying a long local holiday weekend, we could be in jeopardy of getting valuable samples, evidence and the opportunity for a conclusive autopsy.

The only greater fear we have now, after losing our dear, sweet Mason, is never-knowing what or who is responsible for taking him from us.

Would you please help us pressure the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas to collaborate and allocate appropriate resources to help us get the Coroner’s Office to delay the autopsy?

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance in spreading the word and the pressure on our US Government to do what is right by it’s citizens!
Sincerely,

David & Daniel Tucker
C/O

Investigation Details – What We Know

We have started this blog to update our followers about Mason Hart. Any details that come in during our investigation will be found on this page.

We want to thank everyone for all of their love and support. It is truly overwhelming and we appreciate all of the donations and prayers for our family. We also want to thank David Tucker and Daniel Tucker for their consistent battle for answers. We want to thank Stacey Wilkins for all of her hard work during this time as well. Without all of their efforts, this search for answers would not be possible.

For those who are just tuning in, here is what we know so far about the disappearance and feared death of our sweet Mason.

 

The Details:

The circumstances surrounding Mason’s death are unknown (since the incident occurred while he was to be in the Bahamas alone for about two weeks.)

Here’s some of what we do know now…

  • On Tuesday, July 28th, Mason had taken the boat’s dingy across the harbor for lunch and cocktails at Snappa’s restaurant on Marsh Harbour Bahamas. Credit card receipts show a last transaction there at approximately 3:00 p.m.
  • He then went to Nippers Restaurant on Guana Cay and is final transaction was around 7:30 pm.
  • Then the following day, on July 29th, Mason’s naked body was found lifeless on the shores of Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands Bahamas.
  • The dingy which he was using has not been found. There is a$5000.00  reward for any information leading to the recovery of the boat that Mason was last seen on, which went missing from Guana Cay. Finding this boat could provide important information for the investigation.
  • None of Mason’s belongings (clothing, boat, phone, wallet, ect.) have been found.
  • Autopsy was scheduled for today, August 4, 2015.
  • The family has hired a private investigator to conduct an independent investigation in addition to the work done by Bahamian Police.

We know now that after a visit to a third resturant, Mason was seen getting into the boat with someone else.

“If we find the dingy, that’s going to be a big piece to this puzzle,” Daniel said. “Because whoever’s got that dingy has to know what happened to Mason…”

 

The Back Story:

After graduating from Texas Tech University, our sweet Mason set sail on a grand adventure. He was sailing the seas, truly living life to the fullest. with David Tucker. David has been Mason’s “second father” for the majority of his life. Mason and David’s son, Austin have grown up together, like brothers. After several weeks of exploring in the Bahamas, Mason’s body was found floating in the waters on Scotland Cay, Abaco.

He last spoke to family and friends on Tuesday  July 28, 2015. His body was found close to 24 hours later. The Family was notified of the article written in the Bahamas Weekly which mentioned a caucasian male found floating near where Mason had been working.

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