Name: Jason David Landry
Age: 21 years old
Last seen: December 13, 2020
Location: Luling, Texas
Status: Still missing
Disappeared: Season 10 Episode 4 “The Long Drive Home”
21 year old Jason Landry went missing from Luling, Texas on December 13, 2020. Just after midnight on December 14, his car was found crashed and abandoned on Salt Flat Road, about 30 minutes away from his apartment.
Jason hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
On December 13, 2020 Jason Landry left his San Marcos apartment at 10:55 pm. He was a student at Texas State University, and was heading home to Missouri City, Texas for winter break.
Shortly after midnight on December 14 his Nissan Altima was found crashed and abandoned in the 2300 block of Salt Flat Road near Luling, about 30 minutes from Texas State University.
The car was discovered on the remote dirt road after a volunteer firefighter called 911, stating “I’ve just come up on a vehicle that’s in a ditch and it appears that he hit a fence.”
The car was found with the lights on, keys in the ignition, and the passenger side door locked, but Jason was nowhere to be seen.
Body cam footage shows an officer inspecting the vehicle, stating “some of his underwear’s got blood on it, but I didn’t see anyone” to another Texas DPS trooper who arrived on the scene to assist.
Investigators believe the crash only involved Landry’s car, and was likely caused by over correcting on a gravel road. His vehicle then spun off the road, hitting a couple of trees and barbed wire fence.
His car was impounded by the Texas DPS troopers who worked the crash report. At 5 am his father, the registered owner of the car, went to the impound yard and found Jason’s cell phone between the driver’s seat and the center console.
His father then went to the scene of the crash and found Jason’s clothing in the road, about 900 feet from the crash site. Investigators believe Jason was wearing the clothing before the crash, and found no signs that they were forcibly removed.
Authorities then found Jason’s backpack, some toiletries, and a tumbler with his dead beta fish inside near the crash site, north of where his father found his clothing.
Authorities used Jason Landry’s cell phone to track his route the evening he disappeared.
At 11:24 pm Jason entered the city of Luling on Highway 80 (which then becomes Austin Street), going through the intersection of Hackberry Street. He then stopped using the Waze navigation app and opened snapchat.
Authorities believe he continued on East Austin Street to Spruce Street which turns into Salt Flat Road. At the intersection of US Highway 183 or Magnolia Avenue Landry’s digital footprint stops. His cell signal was still powered on, but it doesn’t appear to have been used since the area of Magnolia Avenue and Austin Street.
Not long after crossing the Magnolia intersection he crashed his car.
31 minutes after midnight on December 14, his car was found crashed and abandoned in the 2300 block of Salt Flat Road.
Authorities are still trying to piece together what happened in the hour period between when his digital footprint stopped and his car was found.
His car was processed for any DNA or blood evidence, but no blood was found inside the car. A single blood spot was found on his clothing, but not enough to point to serious injury.
Authorities also found a photo of Jason taken the night he went missing. He appeared to be in good spirits, and was wearing the same red shirt that was later discovered at the crash scene.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Texas Rangers and private investigators in attempting to locate Landry.
Searches of the crash area have been conducted with volunteers, dogs, horses, and drones. A nearby pond was drained in hopes of finding clues as to Jason’s whereabouts, but produced no evidence.
Authorities reviewed hours of video from cameras around Luling without any luck. They’re asking members of the public who have cameras in the area to review footage and provide leads if possible.
In April 2022, thanks to a group of volunteers, a billboard featuring Jason was placed in Luling in hopes of generating new leads in his case.
Jason’s case will be featured in the 10th season of the Investigation Discovery show Disappeared, his episode airing on September 28, 2022.
Jason Landry’s disappearance is being investigated as a missing person’s case.
Authorities say there are no suspects or persons of interest in the case, and they’ve found no evidence to suggest an unknown person of was involved in the incident. They believe Jason wandered off from the crash, and have found no evidence to suspect foul play.
The circumstances regarding Jason’s disappearance remain unclear. His case remains unsolved.
Causasian male born on July 29, 1999. He has brown hair, brown eyes, stands 6’1 tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Jason wears eyeglasses, but did not have them with him when he disappeared. He’s presumed to be wearing contacts.
He has acne scars on face, a scar on his left ankle, and a scar on the right side of his neck.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jason Landry please contact the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 398-6777 or the anonymous tip line at (726) 777-1359.
There is a $10,000 reward for information that leads authorities to Jason’s whereabouts.
Resources & Further Information
Jason Landry – NamUS
Missing Person – Jason Landry – Facebook
News & Media Links
Cell phone data tracks missing Texas State student Jason Landry’s route before his disappearance – KXAN 01/21
New photos, information released in mysterious disappearance of Texas State student Jason Landry – KHOU 01/21
Phone data reveals final known moments before disappearance of Texas State student Jason Landry – KVUE 01/21
Texas State Student Jason Landry Still Missing a Month Later – KNUE 01/21
3-day search for Texas State student missing since December underway – ABC 13 02/21
Father hopes newly released evidence will lead to safe return of missing Texas State student Jason Landry – NBC 02/21
Search for missing Texas State student continues – University Star 02/21
Search resumes for missing Texas State student Jason Landry – Austonia 02/21
Search team scours Caldwell County again for missing Texas State student – CBS Austin 02/21
‘We just want him home’: Crews embark on new 3-day search for missing Texas State student – Austin American Statesmen 02/21
‘Someone has to know something’ parents of missing Texas State student speak – Fox29 03/21
More Evidence Released in Disappearance of Jason Landry – KHOU 01/22
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