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Texas State student missing, after car found crashed

UPDATE 5/15/21 – Texas Equusearch is going to search for james landry again. The authorities are also going to try and get a geofence warrant. This type of warrant allows them to see if there were any other cell phones in the same areas as James’ cell phone.

UPDATE Jan 31, 2021 –

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has provided a time line after tracing the route Landry took by using his cell phone pings. 

  • 11:05 p.m. – Landry drives his car on Highway 80, passes under I-35 in San Marcos, continues south
  • 11:07 p.m. – Enters Caldwell County
  • 11:11 p.m. – Landry drives through Martindale, Texas, continues south on Highway 80
  • 11:15 p.m. – Passes over State Highway 130 on Highway 80
  • 11:17 p.m. – Travels through Fentress, Texas, enters Prairie Lea, Texas, two minutes later
  • 11:21 p.m. – Enters Stairtown, Texas 
  • 11:24 p.m. – Enters the City of Luling on Highway 80, goes through the intersection of Hackberry Street (Highway 80 becomes Austin Street here)

Landry then stops using the Waze app and opens Snapchat.

Continues Austin Street to the intersection with U.S. Highway 183 or Magnolia Avenue, CCSO said.

At this point they are not sure but they believe he went through the intersection and continued on East Austin Street. It’s at this intersection that Landry’s digital footprint stops. 

Deputies believe after then, he continued on East Austin Street to Spruce Street, which turns into Salt Flat Road, where his car was found 31 minutes after midnight in the 2300 block of the road. What happened from that point to when he crashed his car and after?

Investigators believe the crash only involved Landry’s car and was most likely caused by overcorrecting on a gravel road, then spinning off the road and eventually hitting a couple trees and barbed wire fence. 

Damage is all around the car, but police police Jason slid on the gravel and hit several trees and a wire fence. (Caldwell County Sheriff Dept.)

Jason’s clothes the authorities believe he was wearing when he crashed were found; a shirt, socks, shorts, underwear, slides and a wristwatch, about 900 feet from the crash site in the road. The police do not believe his clothes were forced off of him.

A single blood spot was found on hs shirt but was not thought to be life-threatening. (Caldwell County Sheriff Dept.)

900 feet from the crash, a backpack, a ball cap, a plastic bag of personal toiletries and a tumbler with Landry’s dead beta fish were found.

Caldwell County Sheriff Dept.

On January 8, the sheriff department said that a backpack full of narcotics was found. (see story entry on Jan 8 below) This statement has been found to be wrong. “Any report stating that the backpack was ‘filled’ with narcotics is inaccurate.” A tinted bottle that used to hold prescription pills had several blunts inside it was what was found. There was no label on the bottle. And from what I see only enough for personal use.

It’s my opinion that Jason, might have stopped to take a hit off a blunt, and turned off WAZE so no one knew what he was doing. He drove to Salt Flat Road to smoke a joint and did not know that what he had was laced. The bottle above looks fairly new. As he left, he swerved on the gravel and crashed and became disoriented or hit his head This would likely explain his changing of clothes, and ended up at the abandoned house and not looking for his phone that ended up between the seats in the car. Hopefully, the police will test the marijuana to see if it was possible laced with something.

UPDATE Jan 8, 2021 – A news channel stated that the police found a backpack belonging to Jason with “narcotics” inside.

Here’s Jason’s dad’s quote from the Facebook post:

“It has come to my attention that some media sources are claiming that Jason’s backpack that was found at the scene was “filled with narcotics”.  I believe that nothing could be farther from the truth.  And more to the point, nothing could be more hurtful to Jason or his character.  Jason was a typical college student who was coming home to see friends and family. And we’re still waiting for him to come home after 23 days. I have been given Jason’s backpack and I can tell you what it was filled with: his laptop, contacts, some of his toiletries, and all of his Playstation gaming gear.  You see, Jason had already made plans to meet with his friends online and play some games together over the break.  Jason’s backpack had those personal items and his Playstation, controllers, headset, and accessories. So please don’t believe the media when they try to sensationalize what is a tragedy in order to get you to click on their site and read their articles.  Do something that’s actually useful – hope and pray for our son, who is still missing.  Care for your own family and count your blessings.  If you don’t know how or what to pray for, I invite you to join me in my daily prayer from Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

UPDATE: Dec 29 – The family of missing Jason Landry stated they are still waiting for information from social media companies to respond to their requests. “Not being able to get into his phone or computer has slowed the process,” said Jason’s dad, Kent. “We still have a lot of questions with few answers but are glad that we have not received the [worst] news, and are still hopeful.”

Original story: Jason Landry, 21, is missing from Texas. He was last known to be on his way home to Sienna Plantation for the holidays, after leaving Texas State University. His car was found crashed outside of Luling on Salt Flat Road. Early reports are he hit two trees. The police believe the crash happened around midnight, December 13, 2020. It is possible that Jason was trying to avoid hitting deer and that’s what caused the crash.

Jason’s mom, Lisa Landry, told ABC 13 she had gotten a call from DPS.

“They had found his car, but they didn’t know where he was,” Landry said.

Jason’s keys, phone, wallet, and other belongings were left behind in his car. According to his mother, a small amount of blood was also discovered inside the car.

His Aunt Rhonda posted that there was a search at an abandoned house and he was not found there.

If you look at the map where Jason’s car was found you can see that this road is out of the way and rural.

Why did Jason decide to take this route? Why did he decide to go down Salt Flat Road? Was he lost?
The location where Jason’s car was found.
Salt Flat Road where Jason was driving.
Jason’s Aunt Rhonda posted this message above.

Jason has a scar on his ankle and he has medium length hair, and possible a goatee.

If you have seen Jason Landry or any information concerning Jason’s disappearance; please call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 398-6777 – call Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500

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