TX JASON LANDRY: Missing from TSU, San Marcos, TX - 12 Dec 2020 - Age 21 - car found wrecked

LULING, Texas (KXAN) — On Thursday, several agencies were outside of Luling, about 40 minutes from south Austin, searching for missing Texas State University student Jason Landry.

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Jason Landry

Day four of the search began bright and early on Thursday morning.

Jason Landry, 21, a Texas State University student, is missing after his car was found crashed near U.S. 183 in Luling, Texas. He is believed to have been heading back home for Christmas break, but no one has heard from him since the crash. A small amount of blood was found in his car, along with his phone.

If anyone has information, please call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 398-6777 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.


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MEDIA - JASON LANDRY: Missing from TSU, San Marcos, TX since 12 Dec 2020 - Age 21 - car found wrecked
 
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GrandmaBear

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I don't believe anything nefarious happened to Jason either, and never have. The "being chased" theory just doesn't hold up to me. Left behind his drugs and wallet? Stripped his clothes off and took him somewhere else?

With this new information, it seems even more likely that he left the scene of the accident on his own, likely high on psychedelics. Perhaps he thought someone was after him, or perhaps he was just driving while high, crashed, and couldn't process what to do.

I think he'll eventually be found near the search area with no signs of foul play.
I'd agree this is the most likely and logical scenario. It's hard though and I imagine even harder for parents when there are questions that don't have answers. As a parent, you'd want to know for sure and that every other possibility that he could be alive can be shown not to be the case. And of course you'd want at least evidence of a scent, a trail and ideally, the remains found.

This case makes me think of the young man @Kimster knew or knew of and his parents and how hard it is for them and the lack of answers to many questions and also where he has not been found nor have any remains.
 

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I'd agree this is the most likely and logical scenario. It's hard though and I imagine even harder for parents when there are questions that don't have answers. As a parent, you'd want to know for sure and that every other possibility that he could be alive can be shown not to be the case. And of course you'd want at least evidence of a scent, a trail and ideally, the remains found.

This case makes me think of the young man @Kimster knew or knew of and his parents and how hard it is for them and the lack of answers to many questions and also where he has not been found nor have any remains.
Michael’s parents are still in agony. 😢
 

GrandmaBear

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Michael’s parents are still in agony. 😢
I imagine they are. No answers. If there is anyone who knows what happened but won't share the info, I hope they are haunted by it. Unfortunately, I don't think generally most such types have empathy nor much of a conscience to begin with.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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What happened to Jason Landry? Former FBI agent offers alternate theory as Texas attorney general agrees to reopen case​

An army of people have covered more than 50 square miles on the ground hundreds more have been covered in the air, and a pond has been drained, but still no sign of missing Texas State University student Jason Landry.


“There is no evidence of a crime,” Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Ferry said during a recent interview with KPRC 2 Investigates.

It’s because of that that the sheriff’s office does not plan to process the other DNA evidence obtained from Landry’s car.

Ferry believes that Landry, under the influence, took a wrong turn, crashed the car, exited, stripped off his clothes, and wandered off in the near-freezing temperature, died, and was devoured by wild hogs.

“I don’t think the hogs are what killed him, but hogs are opportunistic. If a hog encounters a meal, especially in December, I don’t think he’s going to pass that up,” said Ferry.


A former FBI agent based in San Antonio by the name of Abel Peña, who founded Project Absentis, also believes the same thing.

Peña and his team of private investigators are working on the Landry case Pro-Bono.

“If you go down that road in believing that nothing happened to Jason Landry, then you’re not going down that road of talking to people,” Peña said.

Peña has forwarded a list of 10 people to the Caldwell County District Attorney. These are people he believes may have knowledge or provide clues into what happened to Jason.

Ferry maintains there is strong evidence that Landry did not stop his car in Caldwell County until the car crashed. That evidence is the basis on his theory that since Jason did not stop, he did not come into contact with anyone who could have killed him.

Peña, who does not have the same level of access to evidence as Ferry in the case, disputes the contention that it is impossible that Landry came into contact with anyone, and it may have happened at the Luling intersection, where he failed to turn right to proceed to I-10.

Landry had traveled the route correctly twice before.

“We strongly believe that something happened at that intersection that caused him to go down that road that night, or perhaps, he was not driving that car that night and someone else may have been driving that car,” Peña said.

Peña’s theories about what happened, which he admits are not concrete, may soon get a second look.

The Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit has agreed to take another look at Landry’s disappearance.
 

GrandmaBear

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What happened to Jason Landry? Former FBI agent offers alternate theory as Texas attorney general agrees to reopen case​

An army of people have covered more than 50 square miles on the ground hundreds more have been covered in the air, and a pond has been drained, but still no sign of missing Texas State University student Jason Landry.


“There is no evidence of a crime,” Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Ferry said during a recent interview with KPRC 2 Investigates.

It’s because of that that the sheriff’s office does not plan to process the other DNA evidence obtained from Landry’s car.

Ferry believes that Landry, under the influence, took a wrong turn, crashed the car, exited, stripped off his clothes, and wandered off in the near-freezing temperature, died, and was devoured by wild hogs.

“I don’t think the hogs are what killed him, but hogs are opportunistic. If a hog encounters a meal, especially in December, I don’t think he’s going to pass that up,” said Ferry.


A former FBI agent based in San Antonio by the name of Abel Peña, who founded Project Absentis, also believes the same thing.

Peña and his team of private investigators are working on the Landry case Pro-Bono.

“If you go down that road in believing that nothing happened to Jason Landry, then you’re not going down that road of talking to people,” Peña said.

Peña has forwarded a list of 10 people to the Caldwell County District Attorney. These are people he believes may have knowledge or provide clues into what happened to Jason.

Ferry maintains there is strong evidence that Landry did not stop his car in Caldwell County until the car crashed. That evidence is the basis on his theory that since Jason did not stop, he did not come into contact with anyone who could have killed him.

Peña, who does not have the same level of access to evidence as Ferry in the case, disputes the contention that it is impossible that Landry came into contact with anyone, and it may have happened at the Luling intersection, where he failed to turn right to proceed to I-10.

Landry had traveled the route correctly twice before.

“We strongly believe that something happened at that intersection that caused him to go down that road that night, or perhaps, he was not driving that car that night and someone else may have been driving that car,” Peña said.

Peña’s theories about what happened, which he admits are not concrete, may soon get a second look.

The Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit has agreed to take another look at Landry’s disappearance.
Here is what is wrong with this sheriff's stance imo. So there is no evidence of a crime so they aren't going to process DNA or look into it further. Well there is a missing person and he is theorizing what happened to that missing person. They don't have a body so he does not know. Since there isn't an answer, you go ahead and process the DNA and keep investigating no????

I'd have to look back to be sure but do we even know someone else couldn't have been in the car with him? That he didn't pick up a hitchhiker? That he was even driving as the PI said? He can theorize but that is all it is about wild hogs. That's finding an answer to fit what HE thinks. They can't find a body so now they need to have an answer for that...

He may well be right BUT they can't show it so shouldn't all avenues be explored? At least reasonable ones? Process the DNA, talk to people further. Don't leave these loose ends dangling for loved ones to wonder. If they had a body and couldn't determine an answer, that's one thing but they don't. There may not be evidence of a crime but there is still a MISSING person. There is if one thinks about it no actual proof he is dead is there? Not of any kind... There is no proof he died there is there? Is there proof another car did not come from either direction or wasn't already sitting there somewhere on that road? Maybe there is, I can't recall on that part but I don't think so...
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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I guess it would depend on what type of DNA evidence they have. Blood vs hair is quite different. But since there's no evidence of a crime, even if that DNA automatically yields a result, there's nothing criminal to link it to, therefore no charges. Just because someone may have been in someone else's car doesn't automatically make it criminal. Therefore no warrant, no further searches or questioning, etc.
 

GrandmaBear

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If law enforcement has no evidence of a crime, therefore no POI, who are they comparing the DNA to?
Through the database I imagine. It is the PI that says this above wasn't it, that's where I got it. I'm not sure I even knew there was DNA. Why did they take it then in the first place? To rule things in or out I would imagine but then they did nothing with it? If anyone who doesn't belong comes up or doesn't make sense like a friend, and has a record, then what is that person's DNA doing in that car? If nothing comes up other than what is expected then it is answered or at least that much is.

I can tell you, as a parent, I would not be happy with how this stands and I don't think most people would. All I recall is from the start, this case did not seem to be investigated nor even seemed to be taken seriously--maybe I"m wrong on that but I know that is one reason it sticks out to me yet. There seemed to be not much for searches, etc. and I felt it could use some attention even if online as it really didn't grab any national attention of course.

I'm not saying he couldn't have stripped off his clothes, ran a ways and whatever and then died from whatever (or not died) and no search found him and time goes on so it is then hogs they say to explain that now... But there is no body. Okay. No evidence of a crime, where is the evidence hogs ate him either? Where is the evidence he even died? Since there is no evidence of either well then there really is no answer. Sheriff says no evidence of a crime well I say no evidence of hogs either or of him. I am sure not saying it couldn't be true but I would like to know how many people Texas has listed as likely disappeared and died and were likely eaten by hogs? Seriously. I have no idea. And I know someone who goes wild boar/hog hunting. I know they are quite the creature. Do they eat skulls and all? I don't like getting into that kind of thought or talk in cases but it seems such a "pat" answer, oh yeah, that explains it. Case closed.

It is much like the case locally to Kimster. Michael. And there are some real questions in that case as well. If that kid was doing stuff it was at a party and/or he was given it. And this kid here was doing it alone allegedly but they don't have the body or tox either. He was headed to his parents wasn't he?

All I'm saying is there is a scene of a crashed car and some clothing. Did anyone even know what he was wearing? Who says he was alone? Did he come from a party or was getting really messed up on his way to his parents? Turned on a side road he never had before to get more messed up before continuing to his folks or what?

It would drive me nuts as a parent. And I'd want at least all looked into (not wild things or wild speculation) and answered to the best of their ability. Cross all Ts and dot all I's.
 

kdg411

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Through the database I imagine. It is the PI that says this above wasn't it, that's where I got it. I'm not sure I even knew there was DNA. Why did they take it then in the first place? To rule things in or out I would imagine but then they did nothing with it? If anyone who doesn't belong comes up or doesn't make sense like a friend, and has a record, then what is that person's DNA doing in that car? If nothing comes up other than what is expected then it is answered or at least that much is.

I can tell you, as a parent, I would not be happy with how this stands and I don't think most people would. All I recall is from the start, this case did not seem to be investigated nor even seemed to be taken seriously--maybe I"m wrong on that but I know that is one reason it sticks out to me yet. There seemed to be not much for searches, etc. and I felt it could use some attention even if online as it really didn't grab any national attention of course.

I'm not saying he couldn't have stripped off his clothes, ran a ways and whatever and then died from whatever (or not died) and no search found him and time goes on so it is then hogs they say to explain that now... But there is no body. Okay. No evidence of a crime, where is the evidence hogs ate him either? Where is the evidence he even died? Since there is no evidence of either well then there really is no answer. Sheriff says no evidence of a crime well I say no evidence of hogs either or of him. I am sure not saying it couldn't be true but I would like to know how many people Texas has listed as likely disappeared and died and were likely eaten by hogs? Seriously. I have no idea. And I know someone who goes wild boar/hog hunting. I know they are quite the creature. Do they eat skulls and all? I don't like getting into that kind of thought or talk in cases but it seems such a "pat" answer, oh yeah, that explains it. Case closed.

It is much like the case locally to Kimster. Michael. And there are some real questions in that case as well. If that kid was doing stuff it was at a party and/or he was given it. And this kid here was doing it alone allegedly but they don't have the body or tox either. He was headed to his parents wasn't he?

All I'm saying is there is a scene of a crashed car and some clothing. Did anyone even know what he was wearing? Who says he was alone? Did he come from a party or was getting really messed up on his way to his parents? Turned on a side road he never had before to get more messed up before continuing to his folks or what?

It would drive me nuts as a parent. And I'd want at least all looked into (not wild things or wild speculation) and answered to the best of their ability. Cross all Ts and dot all I's.
Law enforcement follows the evidence to determine if a crime occured. It's common for evidence to be taken & kept in storage. If foul play is discovered they can then submit it for testing against a known suspect for comparison. Occams razor comes to mind.
 

GrandmaBear

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Law enforcement follows the evidence to determine if a crime occured. It's common for evidence to be taken & kept in storage. If foul play is discovered they can then submit it for testing against a known suspect for comparison. Occams razor comes to mind.
Yes but it also can determine that a crime did or didn't occur. If you have an apparent suicide but one is not sure and there is a gun and other fingerprints are found or other DNA, well then it probably isn't a suicide. But they can't know that until they test fingerprints or DNA, etc. And that is where there is a body. There isn't one here. Lord knows even how many husbands I've seen where when the third wife dies they go back and look at what they called accident or suicide with the first two or undetermined. Not the same but just saying that there isn't a body here even.

Or if there is enough DNA let the family send it to an independent lab then.

I am not even hung up on the DNA, I just think they are going to the obvious conclusion which is fine but have not from what I can see even bothered to rule our even on a basic level other possibilities. How many wild hogs charged searchers of this area?

That wild hog thing really irritates me.

Barry Morphew, it was a mountain lion. Brian Laundrie, there can't be any remains left so many people and pundits and experts said both before and after found and there were many. Frazee, maybe he fed Kelsey to the hogs/pigs, there wouldn't be anything left. These are usually the perps (Morphew) or people commenting or pundits in crimes. Not a sheriff to a family.

Daybell/Vallow. Exhumation. Ruling things as heart problems. Etc. Not doing a thorough eval. Again, there is not even a body here. Or a husband or wife rushes a cremation and no need to worry because no signs of foul play were seen. No sign of a crime...

I'm not arguing, I just don't like it. There are some questions. Cases end and are concluded and even then there are questions never answered and that is when they tried to rule things out or find answers. But at least rule it out and make some effort so you can say yes, we checked that.

How about even if this was drugs, he DID get them from somewhere. Are they on that at least? Do they care? Haven't heard a single word about it.
 

GrandmaBear

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So in the end, the parents have the wild hogs ate every sign of him. That is what irritates me.
 

GrandmaBear

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And to me that tells me or hints at an attitude or opinion overall. 21 year old, college kid. Dumb kid and drugs. Got stupid, crashed his car, ran off and died and the hogs ate him. The end. They seemed about as concerned as LE seems in the new one about the sex worker. She got in the car willingly, just a prostitute so what if she's been missing two weeks and people are concerned.

I'll stop. This one just RUBS me wrong. I still want to know how many missing college kids got eaten by wild hogs or missing people in fact in Texas did they close the books on with that conclusion?
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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New search underway for Texas State student Jason Landry who vanished in December 2020​

KPRC 2 Investigates has learned about a search connected to the more than yearlong disappearance for Texas State student Jason Landry. Landry is from the Houston area.

Saturday, a search team was in Caldwell County, just northeast of the location where Landry’s car was found abandoned. They were called in to assist the Sheriff’s office in the case.

”TEXSAR was out searching at the request of Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Jeff Ferry, with CCSO. He added, “We had this search planned for weeks, it’s part of our ongoing investigation.”

A TEXSAR representative told KPRC2 Investigates that the search was only scheduled for one day.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Billboard for missing Texas State student Jason Landry to go up Saturday​

At least six Facebook groups dedicated to the missing persons case of Jason Landry partnered to rent a billboard outside of Luling in hopes of finding him.

An organizer told KXAN the billboard is located along U.S. Highway 183 at 2023 N. Magnolia Ave., which is just north of Luling.

It’ll be rented out for at least 13 weeks starting Friday, using donations from the Landry Facebook groups. That agreement could be extended, if need be.

The Landry family approved the design of the billboard, which includes two photos of him as well as a phone number for the Texas Attorney General Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, if someone would like to pass along any tips.

The design also lists a $10,000 reward being offered for any details about Landry’s disappearance that could lead to locating him.

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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Group goes to Luling festival to raise awareness for missing Jason Landry​

Supporters and concerned citizens who are working to find missing Texas State student Jason Landry rented a booth at the Luling Watermelon Thump this weekend to raise more awareness about his disappearance.

The annual summer festival in Luling usually brings thousands to the city of just under 6,000 people.

Felicia Sundgren, a booth organizer, told KXAN she was “surprised that many people still had never heard of Landry’s case.” Some volunteers drove from Dallas and Houston for the event. The booth was supplied with “Swedish Fish” candy, one of Landry’s favorites, Sundgren said.
 

GrandmaBear

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Group goes to Luling festival to raise awareness for missing Jason Landry​

Supporters and concerned citizens who are working to find missing Texas State student Jason Landry rented a booth at the Luling Watermelon Thump this weekend to raise more awareness about his disappearance.

The annual summer festival in Luling usually brings thousands to the city of just under 6,000 people.

Felicia Sundgren, a booth organizer, told KXAN she was “surprised that many people still had never heard of Landry’s case.” Some volunteers drove from Dallas and Houston for the event. The booth was supplied with “Swedish Fish” candy, one of Landry’s favorites, Sundgren said.
Good for them.

It never ceases to amaze me so many don't know of big crimes or if not a crime, missing cases, right in their own area. It also never ceases to amaze me that it is not LE that gets it out there all over the place but I think it should be! At least in their own area. And so should any decent local news at least be searching the cases each week and so forth and reporting on them. It is always volunteers and families and parents who seem do all of these things with fliers, searches and more. I get time, resources and money are issues for LE but sometimes it just seems some agencies don't get news out there at ALL about a case. This one I'm not surprised, they never even seemed to treat it too seriously but just assume he wandered off and that's that...

I have encountered things in my own area where in one instance, there was a missing woman in a neighboring county (and we have little to none of this) and I never once had heard of her or the case until seeing a small donation jar and/or poster in a bar in the neighboring county and it had been some time prior it happened and this was WELL after the fact and she was still missing and questionably so. I could NOT BELIEVE I'd never heard of it and even that effort was probably made by a small group of friends or something...
 

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