Texas has approximately 1,250 active missing persons cases, making it the 27th highest state per capita, equaling about 4.4 missing persons per 100,000. Here’s a look at 10 unsolved missing person’s cases from Texas.
Alexandria Joy Lowitzer
16 year old Alexandria Joy Lowitzer was last seen in Spring, Texas on the afternoon of April 26, 2010.
Alexandria spoke to her mother at 2:30 pm, telling her that she was going to pick up her paycheck from the Burger Barn on Treaschwig Road, about a quarter mile from her house, and that she was also going to see about picking up a work shift that afternoon.
She got off the school bus at Low Ridge Road at 2:45 pm, and was last seen walking toward the Burger Barn. Alexandria never made it to work, and she was never seen or heard from again.
In the evening, her mother JoAnn reported her daughter missing to local law enforcement when Alexandria didn’t return home or answer her phone.
Surveillance camera footage of the high school and onboard the bus confirmed Alexandria leaving the school at 2:25 pm, and getting off the school bus at about 2:45 pm.
Two other students, who got off the bus on the same day, reported seeing Alexandria texting on her cell phone while heading in the direction of the Burger Barn.
The circumstances of Alexandria’s disappearance remain unclear, and her case is currently classified as endangered missing. Her case remains unsolved.
Alexandria stands 5’2 tall and weighs 145 pounds. Her hair was dyed dark red at the time of her disappearance. She had ear and nose piercings, with pink braces on her upper and lower teeth.
She was last known to be wearing a white t-shirt or spaghetti-strap top, a gray hooded sweatshirt, black and white checkered skinny jeans, black sneakers and a multicolored checkered backpack.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Alexandria Lowitzer please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (713) 221-6000 or call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (800) 843-5678.
Another unsolved missing person’s case from Texas is that of Mary McFadyen, who was 80 years old when she disappeared from Austin in 2011.
Mary McFadyen was last seen at her home in the 3800 block of Hidden Hollow Lane in northwest Austin, Texas on the evening of February 22, 2011.
At the time of her disappearance, Mary was packing to move and planning for an upcoming trip to England. Garry Dolbow, Mary’s ex-boyfriend, is the last person known to have seen her, and is considered a person of interest in her disappearance.
In April, two months after she went missing, her car was found abandoned a few blocks from her house with a flat tire.
Mary’s family and friends state she was acting normally at the time of her disappearance, and that it’s uncharacteristic of her to go without contacting them.
Mary was born on August 18, 1931, stands 5’2, weighs 100 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes and speaks with a British accent.
If you have any information regarding Mary McFadyen’s disappearance please contact the Austin Police Department at (512) 477-3588.
70 year old Michael “Paw Paw” Chambers went missing from Quinlan, Texas on March 10, 2017.
At 11:15 am Chambers was captured by a security camera at the Walmart in Quinlan, located at 8801 State Highway 34 South. He can be seen entering the store, making a purchase, and then exiting the store. He has never been seen or heard from again.
Earlier that morning his wife Rebecca reportedly spoke with him on the phone, requesting him to pick up some mascara for her.
When she returned home from work at 6:15 pm Michael was nowhere to be found. The house and his workshop were locked, and all the lights were off. Chambers’s keys and wallet were found in the workshop. The items purchased at the Walmart store were sitting on the restroom counter with the receipt in the bathroom trash.
At 6:55 pm, she reported her husband missing to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.
When Michael was reported missing authorities found his truck and wallet at his residence, but his cellphone phone, driver license, and some cash was missing. They also found a small amount of blood in his workshop which left a trail leading to the door. The blood was later confirmed by DNA tests to be his.
Investigators initially believed Chambers might have become injured in his workshop and walked away looking for help. The theory that he had been taken against his will was also suspected, yet they found no sign of a struggle that indicated foul play.
Investigators reported tracing Michael’s cell phone signal to a two-mile bridge on Lake Tawakoni before switching off around 5:15 pm on the day he disappeared. They conducted a search around the lake where divers were sent to check underneath the bridge, but found no sign of Chambers’s body.
The case is sill ongoing, though investigators believes all signs point to suicide. Police suggested Chambers might have rode a bike out to the lake and threw it in before jumping himself.
Michael’s relatives don’t believe the suicide theory as a likely explanation. The only bike Chambers owned was still at his residence in a state of disrepair, and the 17 mile ride from the house to the lake was deemed unlikely given how bad Michael’s knees had become.
No evidence of foul play was found in Michael Chambers’ disappearance, nor any evidence that he is still alive. He was declared legally dead on May 26, 2017, by his wife Rebecca.
A $25,000 reward is being offered by the family to anyone who provides information leading to Chambers’ whereabouts. Authorities are investigating the case as a missing person under suspicious circumstances.
Chambers has blue eyes and gray balding hair. He stands 6’3 tall and weighs about 225 pounds. At the time of his disappearance he was 70 years old.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Michael Chambers please contact the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office (903) 453-6800 or call the WE HELP THE MISSING TIP LINE at (866) 660-4025.
Another unsolved missing person’s case from Texas is that of 17 year old Husnaa Abdulrahim, who went missing in 2018.
17 year old Husnaa Abdulrahim was last seen on February 14, 2018 in Conroe, Texas. Authorities state she may be in the company of an adult male, and that she may still be in the local area.
Husana was born on July 24, 2000. She stands 5’5″, weighs 180 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Husana may be wearing glasses, and has a scar on the top of her nose. She might be using the alias name Hannah Garza.
If you have any information regarding Husnaa Abdulrahim’s disappearance please contact the Conroe Police Department at (936) 522-3200 or the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678. If you want to remain anonymous with any tips you can contact the Texas Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
23 year old Brandi Wells was last seen on August 3, 2006 in Longview, Texas at the Graham Central Station nightclub.
Surveillance video captured Brandi entering the club at 10:30 pm, and leaving alone at 12:30 am. The club was a 45 minute drive from Brandi’s home, and she was unfamiliar with the area. She never made it home that night, and she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Five days later her car, a black four-door Pontiac Grand Prix with Texas license plate number J50ZTD and damage above the front wheel, was found by law enforcement officials. It was found with an empty gas tank, a couple miles down the road from the club, just outside Longview. The car was parked along the side of westbound I-20 at mile marker 591, about 300 yards west of FM Road 2087.
Her purse and wallet were located inside the car. There were no indications of a struggle, but the driver’s seat was reportedly pushed far back, indicating that someone taller than Brandi had been driving.
Brandi had a cell phone, and activity on it after she went missing led Longview police to briefly detain three men who claimed to have found her phone. Each of them were asked to take a polygraph. One of the men failed the polygraph, but after multiple interviews he has been ruled out as a possible suspect in her disappearance.
Authorities suspect foul play may be involved in Brandi’s case, and that she may have been taken against her will. Her case remains unsolved.
Brandi’s date of birth is November 11, 1982. She stands 5’0 tall, weighs approximately 120 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.
She was last seen wearing a floral print brown and cream colored top, rust colored pants, and black black high heel sandals with a floral print.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Brandi Wells please contact the Longview Police Department at (903) 237-1110.
Irene Theresa Garcia
Another unsolved missing persons case from Texas is that of Irene Theresa Garcia, who was last seen in December of 2007 in Austin.
30 year old Irene Theresa Garcia went missing on December 23, 2007 in Austin, Texas. She was last seen in the 1400 block of Coronado Hills Drive wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Garcia was born on February 20, 1977. She was 30 years old when she disappeared. She is 4’11 tall and weighs 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, and is missing her upper front teeth.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Irene Garcia please contact the Austin Police Department at 512-974-5250.
26 year old Spenser Knight was last seen on November 27, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
It is unknown what Spenser was wearing when he disappeared, and it’s thought that he may have had plans to travel to Dallas.
If you have any information regarding Spenser Knight’s disappearance please contact the Rochester Police Department at (507) 328-6800 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
36 year old Bradley Brooks was last seen on August 18, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was last seen by his girlfriend leaving his home that evening around 10pm.
Bradley had brought some shrimp, packed up a few fishing poles, and was allegedly going out to do some late night fishing. He never returned home, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
On August 23, 2019, five days after Bradley went missing, his car was towed from the 200 block of Naval Air Station Drive, near the end of Stingray Road. The car was found with the hood up, and was towed after being abandoned for a few days.
Brooks had just moved to the area two months prior to his disappearance to live with his girlfriend, and had just brought his daughter to town to live with him the day before he went missing.
Bradley is 5’6 tall, weighs 160-170 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last known to be wearing a maroon t-shirt, black shorts and Nike tennis shoes.
Bradley has a horse tattoo on his chest that reads “All Fall Short of the Glory of God,” and an angel wing tattoo on his right arm.
If you have any information regarding Bradley Cooper’s case please contact the Corpus Christi Police Deptartment at (361) 886-2600, or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
Another unsolved missing persons case from Texas is that of Shawn Herman. Herman was 40 years old when he went missing in April of 2004 from Austin.
Herman was last seen the morning of April 20, 2014 in the 7600 block of Northcrest Boulevard in Austin, Texas. Shawn was known to frequent the downtown area of Austin where he’s known as “Elvis,” but was last seen near Ed Bluestein and Loyola Lane.
Although no foul play is suspected in his disappearance, he has medical conditions that may require attention.
Shawn was born on October 10, 1973, and was 40 years old at the time he went missing. He stands 6’0, weighs 265 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He has paralysis and walks with a limp.
If you have any information regarding Shawn Herman’s case please contact Detective Tonya Jefferson at (512) 974-4249.
Brandon Lawson – Found deceased in 2022
A chilling unsolved missing person’s case from Texas is that of Brandon Lawson, who seemingly vanished in 2013.
26 year old Brandon Lawson was last seen leaving his San Angelo, Texas home in his truck on August 8, 2013 at approximately 11:55 pm. He left after getting into an argument with his girlfriend, with the intention of going to his father’s home.
45 minutes later, at approximately 2:40 am Brandon called his brother, stating that he had run out of gas on Highway 277 near Bronte, Texas. After the call, Brandon’s brother got a gas can and headed out to help.
At 12:50 am Brandon called 911, stating he was stranded. “Yes, I’m in the middle of a field (inaudible) pushed some guys over, right here going toward Abilene, on both sides,” Lawson says, according to a transcript of the 911 call. “My truck ran out of gas, there’s one car here, the guy’s chasing (inaudible) to the woods, please hurry!”
A Deputy arrived at Brandon’s truck around 1:10 am, after a 911 call reported Brandon’s F-150 obstructing traffic on U.S. 277 by being over the white line. Brandon’s brother arrived at the same time, but there was no sign of Brandon.
While talking with the responding deputy, Brandon’s brother received another call from Brandon, telling him he was “ten minutes up the road,” and that he was bleeding; after that his phone went dead. His cell phone was going in an out during the call, making it hard to understand him.
According to reports the Deputy then drove up and down the road to see if he could spot Brandon, but found no signs of him. Brandon’s brother left the gas can in the bed of the truck, so if he came back he would be able to get gas.
Brandon hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
An extensive search around the area of where Brandon’s truck was located was done on October 24, 2013, but no signs of Lawson were found. There has been no activity on his bank accounts of phone’s since he went missing.
Investigator’s haven’t found evidence of foul play in Brandon’s disappearance, but his family states it’s uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. He is classified as an involuntarily missing person.
Brandon’s date of birth is November 18, 1986. He stands 5″9 and weighs 230 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, camouflage shorts, and white Nike Air Max sneakers. Lawson has multiple tattoos on his neck, back and chest.
If you have any information regarding Brandon Lawson’s disappearance please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety at (512) 424-5074 or the Coke County Sheriff’s Office at (325) 453-2717.
Remains Found in 2022
On February 4, 2022, it was announced that the remains of Brandon Lawson had been found.
His remains were found by a search party near his known location, who came upon some clothing that was consistent with what Brandon was wearing when he disappeared.