Many of you probably never even heard of Bronte, Texas. Located in Coke County, the population in 2011 was 995 and the town has a total of 1.4 square miles
according to the US Census Bureau. That is where the family believes Brandon Lawson, 26, from San Angelo was heading when he went missing. According to the Help Find Brandon Lawson Facebook page, Brandon left his home around 11:54 p.m. on August 8, and about 45 minutes later he called his brother Kyle to tell him he had run out of gas.
Brandon also called the Coke County Sheriff’s Office and 911 to tell them he was stranded and he had “hit somebody.” When asked if he needed an ambulance by the dispatch, he replied “No, I need a cop.” He then hung up.
Kyle along with his girlfriend, Audrey headed out to take Brandon gas. When he called to talk to him, Brandon told him to hurry up and get there and the background noise sounded like Brandon was “scuffling around out in the brush.” Brandon hung up. Audrey called back and this time Brandon said he was bleeding, then hung up again.
The police and Kyle showed up at the same time in Bronte to where Brandon’s truck was located about 4 ½ miles N of Bronte, ¼ of a block from a rest stop, but Brandon was not there. They called again and he said he was “10 minutes up the road.”
Although a cursory search was made, Brandon was not found. On August 11, Ladessa paid for an air search for an hour. They did not find anything. On August 13, authorities did a helicopter search for an hour with infra-red and they did not find anything. Another air search was made on August 24th. No explanation as to why there was a 10 day wait.
Brandon’s family will be joining with Springer Courtney of Texas Hog Trailz Search and Recover to look for Brandon on Tuesday September 24. They need volunteers with ATVs and they need donations as the search is not being funded by the county or state. They are not looking for cash but water, gift cards for fuel or to purchase items searchers may need. If you are able to help please contact PI Brenda Paradise.