The Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old boy.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood released a request for public assistance on Wednesday after the son of a Fort Hood soldier went missing.

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The release states that Alexander Flores was last seen at approximately 1:30 PM leaving his on post residence in the Comanche III housing area. The teen is said to have left home without permission and has yet to return.

Flores is a Hispanic male, approximately 5’9″ inches tall, with brown eyes and brown hair, weighing approximately 120 lbs. The 17-year-old was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans, glasses and black shoes.

Authorities are currently investigating Flores' disappearance, and he is reported to have been last seen heading towards Clear Creek elementary school. The Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency is said to be in constant communication with the teenager's parents as they work to ensure his safe return.

Anyone with information about Flores's whereabouts should contact Fort Hood Military Police at (254) 288-1170.

After a hectic two years, I'm sure I'm not alone when I say the community is on edge.  One place you definitely don't want to go missing from is Fort Hood. Of course, no one wants to see anyone else go missing, especially someone's child. I urge the community to share this information with friends and family until Flores is located.

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