Authorities are still searching for leads in the case of a missing Texas State University student who disappeared last December. Jason Landry, 21, was leaving TSU’s San Marcos campus on December 13, 2020 to drive home to visit his family for the holidays. He never arrived at his family’s home in Missouri City, and the family has been wracked with worry ever since.

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic are already more than enough to exacerbate the disappearance of a loved one, but Jason Landry’s family has the additional anxiety of disappearance under dangerous circumstances. Following the report of his disappearance, the missing Texas State University student’s car was found on a gravel road near Luling, Texas, totaled and abandoned. Even more distressing, Jason’s personal items, including his phone, wallets, and keys were found inside the abandoned vehicle. Law enforcement have told media outlets that they believe Jason made a wrong turn as a result of a malfunctioning GPS system and found himself swerving off the roadway in a remote area. “It’s a call that every parent fears. It’s our worst nightmare. To know that our son is out there hurting and we can’t fix it. But not knowing where he is or if he’s okay—it’s confusing and heartbreaking.” Jason’s father, Kent Landry, told Dateline.

Following the report of his disappearance, authorities conducted an initial search of the area for the missing Texas State University student. Roughly 900 feet from the site of the abandoned vehicle, authorities also found clothing items they believe Jason was wearing at the time of his disappearance. The search included the assistance of cadaver dogs, ground and water search teams, and involved the search of an abandoned home near the crash site, but were unable to develop leads regarding Jason’s whereabouts. Texas Search and Rescue responded to the request from the Caldwell Count Sheriff’s Office to assist in the search. Another search was launched only a few days ago, led by volunteers who are concerned for the missing Texas State University student.

Anyone with information about Landry’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 512-398-6777, or email Detective Jeff Ferry at

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