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Search resumes for missing Texas State student Jason Landry

A new three-day search has begun for 21-year-old Jason Landry, a Texas State student who was working to get accepted into the school's Sound and Technology program before he disappeared two months ago on the way home for winter break.


Despite numerous search efforts, no trace of Landry has been found since his car was found crashed in the Luling area on Dec. 13.

This weekend's search was prompted by a request from the Caldwell County Sheriff's office. Over 100 Texas Search and Rescue members kicked off their search at 8 a.m. on Friday and will continue through Sunday. TEXSAR will use water search resources, ATVs, search-and-rescue K9 units, drones, a helicopter and the TEXSAR Mounted Search and Rescue Team to attempt to find Landry.

TEXSAR previously looked for signs of Landry in a nine-day search effort that involved over 100 trained volunteers and various crews and technologies. The organization also scanned over 32,000 acres in a three-day aerial search around his crashed car.

Landry was on his way to visit family for the holidays when he was reported missing. He was supposed to drive from San Marcos to the Houston area but his car was found that night on Salt Flat Road near Luling. It is unclear why Landry went off course onto the off-route, isolated road.

Investigators believe that Landry hit two trees and later a barbed wire fence after over-correcting on the gravel road.


Wood was found embedded in Landry's car, leading investigators to believe he crashed into a tree.(Caldwell County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)


Perplexingly, Landry's keys were still in the ignition, his car's headlights were still on and the passenger door was locked. His phone and wallet were found in his car, while a backpack with his laptop, gaming equipment and a small amount of marijuana were found 900 feet away. Alongside the backpack were toiletries, a baseball cap and a container of his dead betta fish, while some of his clothing including a shirt, shorts, underwear and a wristwatch were spread further along the road.

Investigators think that the clothes found were worn by Landry prior to the crash, although they could have also been packed beforehand. Despite the crash, there was no blood found in the car, but a small smear of blood was found on his shorts.

Landry's backpack and clothes were found around 900 feet from his crashed car.(Caldwell County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)


The reason behind Landry leaving his car is unknown, but some including his father Kent Landry have thought he might have been dazed after suffering from a concussion. Others think that road rage or foul play could have been involved, but no evidence has pointed to another person's involvement.

Although Caldwell Police were able to track his phone, the connection stops a few miles before Landry made it to Salt Flat Road. There is about an hour gap between when phone connection was lost and a volunteer firefighter found his abandoned car crashed on the side of the road.

"There are 67 minutes where we just don't know what happened," Kent Landry told Dateline NBC. "Was someone chasing him? Maybe. Did he just wreck and get out to find help? We don't know. Anything is a possibility."

The requests for continued search efforts has been conducted through the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with tips or information regarding Landry can call 911, contact the office at 512-398-6777 or email Detective Jeff Ferry at jeff.ferry@co.caldwell.tx.us.

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