Navy corpsman Shaun Palmer was reported missing on July 2 after failing to report to duty the day before.
Palmer was stationed in Hawaii and he was last seen early in the morning on July 1 at Kelley O’Neil’s Bar in Waikiki, Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Navy officials notified the 24-year-old’s mom in California on July 2.
Palmer’s mom, Diane Unterein, immediately began sourcing her social media followers to help spread the word.
I got news this morning that my son is MISSING in Hawaii. I’m asking for prayers for my son Shaun Palmer and if you could SHARE this post to help me find him.
He was last seen Sat night in Waikiki and his Company Commander called me this morning and said he missing pic.twitter.com/TGtsArrjdM
— Diane (@lagunatick_) July 2, 2018
Her initial tweet about her son had two photos of him with her and said:
I got news this morning that my son is MISSING in Hawaii. I’m asking for prayers for my son Shaun Palmer and if you could SHARE this post to help me find him. He was last seen Sat night in Waikiki and his Company Commander called me this morning and said he missing
Unterein continued to tweet about her son’s situation, sharing as much as she knew: his phone was turned off, there was no activity on his credit card, and the last activity was a cancelled Lyft ride at 4:30 a.m. on July 1.
The mom told KHON2:
“He loves his job, he loves being a corpsman. His commander called me this morning and right away said this is not normal behavior for our son.”
On July 3, a navy investigator told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that Palmer contacted his parents that day with his phone. He sent them a text that said:
I love you and I’m alive.
Nonetheless, the search for the man continues. NCIS special agent Nayda Mannle said:
“His parents have been texting him so the interpretation is he simply responded to let them know he was alive and well. That said we still haven’t been able to locate him and we will continue those efforts.”
Unterein wants to help the search for her son so she started a GoFundMe page on July 3 to help cover her travel and accommodations in Hawaii.
Deputy Chief John McCarthy of the Honolulu police said they do not believe foul play is involved.