Texas State student Jason Landry, 21, went missing on Sunday, December 13, just as he set off on the 165 mile drive from San Marcos east to his parents’ home in Houston.
Texas EquuSearch announced on Saturday that it was suspending its search efforts for the man but could resume once law enforcement had determined a more specific area in which to conduct a search.
Jason Landry’s family say his belongings were found in his crashed car, but there was no sign of the 21-year-old. He disappeared on December 13th
Texas EquuSearch has combed the area for Landry, using scent dogs that tracked the 21-year-old to a pond but there was no sign of the man
It’s believed Landry was on the wrong road and was somehow he ended up on Salt Flat Road which parallels Highway 86, the route he should have taken.
Landry’s vehicle had been spotted by a local first responder. His phone, wallet, and other personal items were also found in his car along with a small amount of blood about 30 minutes from the university’s campus in San Marcos.
Over the last nine days, two different search teams, Texas Search and Rescue and Texas EquuSearch, have searched the surrounding area where his car was found.
The 21-year-old was making a two-and-a-half hour drive from San Marcos to Houston
Scent dogs tracked to a pond but there was no sign of the man.
Family members say they think a malfunctioning traffic app caused a rerouting of his navigational system and led to him being so far off track.
‘I don’t know why my son was down this road my best guess, he will follow Waze wherever it sends him, he was coming home from college, but he was here on this road I don’t know if he was trying to avoid a deer or what, swerved and hit some trees on the side,’ says Landry’s father, Kent, said.
His car left the gravel road and ended up in a ditch alongside a fence. Some of his clothes were also found outside of the vehicle.
‘We know he got out of the crash OK, and was walking back, this way, and that’s the last we know for sure,’ said Kent, a pastor, to Fox 7.
The search which has continued for a week has now been suspended for time being
Members of TEXAR search for missing college student Jason Landry. Over the course of nine days, rescue crews canvassed more than 20,000 acres (over 31 square miles)
The search continued for nine days but has now been halted until investigators are given a more specific place in which to search
Last week, a prayer vigil was held for Jason Landry. It included prayer, scripture reading, and worship. ‘God, hear our cries, and bring Jason home!’ his pastor father, Kent Landry, said
‘I have images in my mind of my son hurting, walking away from a car accident, walking down a dark and lonely road looking for help. And I am not there,’ Kent continued. ‘But I know who is. No matter what happened — and I do not know and we do not know — I know God was with my son and is with my son. We have so many questions and no answers.
‘I know that my son will spend eternity in heaven with me. I pray that he is not there yet because I should go there before him,’ Landry said.
‘Right now we have no indication of any foul play at all, we don’t know if maybe somebody picked him up or if he just wandered to an area where we haven’t searched or found yet,’ said Sergeant Deon Cockrell.
‘Searchers and law enforcement investigators have utilized multiple resources in the search for Jason, including a helicopter with infrared cameras, UAVs (drones), side-scan sonar, scent dogs, as well as searchers on foot, ATVs, and horseback,’ Texas EquuSearch said in a statement.
‘We will not speculate on what may have happened to Jason, but we feel the vast area surrounding the accident scene has been thoroughly searched … and Jason still hasn’t been found. As a result, Texas EquuSearch is suspending our search operations for Jason until law enforcement investigators obtain credible and sufficient information that would lead our team into a more specific area to search.’
t’s believed that Landry was on the wrong road and was somehow he ended up on Salt Flat Road which parallels Highway 86, the route he should have taken
Texas State University student Jason Landry, 21, had been heading home to Missouri City when his abandoned car was found