Mother Joins Search for Navy Officer Son Who Vanished on Way to Submarine Based in Connecticut

April 23, 2018 10:34 PM

It's been six days and still, there's no sign of a U.S. Navy Sailor, originally from Stillwater, Minnesota.

Jacob Tyler, 24, was based in Connecticut.  He worked as a civil engineer aboard the nuclear submarine USS North Dakota. Tyler graduated from Hill-Murray High School and left his family's home to follow his dream,


"This is a steady and strong kid who doesn't miss a beat," his mom Barbara Tyler said. 

She flew to Connecticut to be as close to her son as possible.  She is staying in the Groton apartment Jake shared with roommates. Chris Siebert told authorities he thought they saw Tyler dressed for work as he headed out the door last Tuesday.

But, Tyler didn't show up for his shift on the attack submarine. His mom said he wouldn't do that.

"He was excited, he'd been working for this and wanted this job," she said.

Tyler was preparing for his first deployment in August. 

"We just can't come up with any answers, we just can't put this puzzle together," Barbara said.

Groton Police along with NCIS agents are reviewing Tyler's cell phone records for clues. Tyler's mom said it pinged near his apartment for two days before going dead. 

"There's a time lapse between the time he went missing, and the time he would've come back here, changed clothes and left on his motorcycle," she said.

Barbara said he left his uniform, pins and boots behind. Tyler's car was parked nearby with his keys still in the vehicle.  Yet he and blue 2014 Honda motorcycle with Connecticut plates were gone. Tyler's two brothers joined their mother in Connecticut to help authorities go over all the small pieces of the sailors life to find a missing piece of their family.

"What would divert him? If somebody gave him an order or he thought it was an order or if somebody intercepted him and said they needed help quickly, but it couldn't interfere with his responsibility to go to work that morning, he wouldn't let that happen," according to Tyler. 

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She posted a message online that read, "so far there has been nothing, no explanation, no activity on my son's accounts." She also said her son didn't have a history of mental illness and he wouldn't just veer off course. 

Friends said there had been no signs of trouble before Tyler vanished.  They added he played the trumpet and bagpipes and was a huge part of the military band. 

Tyler also was a dirt-biker, adventure-seeker, and his duties allowed him to explore the world. 

Fellow sailors, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Groton, Connecticut, police are leading the search. If anyone has any information that could be of help, call: 860-441-6712.

Tyler is described as a white male with blonde hair, blue eyes and 5-foot-11 and weighs 220 pounds.  


Beth McDonough

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