COLLEGE STATION -- Monday was supposed to be the first day of school for Texas A&M student Anthony Carey..
But when friends and family reported that they hadn't heard from him since he left Houston last Thursday, a missing person's report was filed.
Now authorities believe they may have found Carey's body in Marlin, Texas.
Texas A&M senior and Corp of Cadet member, Anthony Carey, was last seen in Houston on the 23rd.
He was supposed to be headed back to College Station for the start of the new year but never showed up.
"A lot of guys come in late but when we never saw him we got worried and we called his family," said close friend, Cai Benavides.
A missing person's report was filed late Monday afternoon and shortly after Carey's car was found locked and abandoned in Marlin, Texas Monday evening.
After a search of the surrounding area police found a body nearby and authorities believe it could be Carey's, devastating news for the Corp of Cadets.
"Things really took a turn for the worst, it really hit a lot of people hard and it's a really tough situation for us right now," said Corp member Taylor Rammrath.
And for those closest to Carey, this is something they never expected to hear.
"The day went from good to scary to worst to tragedy and a lot of us are still in shock, especially since this hits so close to home," Benavides said.
Benavides tells us Carey was a role model for many and the loss won't only be felt in the Corp but throughout the entire campus.
"He's humble, loyal, a great person, an absolute gentlemen so we've lost a big part of who we are and what we strive to be."
Authorities are still working to confirm if the body is that of Anthony Carey.
An autopsy has been ordered.