CALDWELL COUNTY, Texas – It has been over a year since Texas State student Jason Landry went missing.
Authorities have now released never-before-seen police video and audio as the search continues for Landry who was last seen in December 2020 before traveling to his parents’ Houston-area home.
Captain Jeff Ferry of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office spent countless hours analyzing footage, including body camera video showing what a volunteer firefighter discovered and a Facetime recording from one of Landry’s friends. .
Landry disappeared on December 13, 2020 while driving from San Marcos to his hometown.
“All the signs tell us he’s under the influence, and we know he’s going to get in the car and try to make his way to Missouri City, where his parents aren’t expecting him. He wasn’t supposed to come home to home. He was hanging out with buddies, playing video games and getting high,” Ferry says.
Landry went on Facetime with one of the friends he was going to hang out with before the trip. Ferry says Landry’s friend taped the Facetime because “…he was planning on meeting Jason later and thought, man, Jason is so stoned right now, he won’t remember what he’s saying .” In the video, Landry is seen rolling the joints that officials say a state trooper would retrieve from Landry’s backpack hours later.
The video has no sound, so Ferry says officials are forced to rely on Landry’s friends and their recollection of the conversation. “They talk about spiritual awakening and enlightenment and opening his third eye and drug use,” Ferry said.
This conversation, Ferry says, is consistent with Landry’s internet activity in the minutes leading up to Landry’s disappearance. “(Landry) google ‘How long can you live in the woods without food and/or how long can you go out in the wild?’ He’s looking for spiritual enlightenment. Practices, he researches different strains of marijuana and different ways to combine them, he looks differently and he talks about psychedelics and how they’ve impacted his life and his perception of spiritual enlightenment,” says ferry.
Looking at Landry’s digital fingerprint, Ferry says he doesn’t believe anything bad happened to Landry. The search has dried up, so the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office hopes the recently released phone calls, videos and other data can generate new interest and new leads.
Landry’s family is left with their own questions. “If for any individual, myself included, you or anyone else and the government feel it appropriate to post our weirdest searches we have ever done on Google lately. “What would that look like for each of us? That would probably sound pretty weird. So that would be my question, why would you do that?” asks Jason’s father, Kent Landry.
If you know the whereabouts of Jason Landry or have any information that might help the case, contact Captain Ferry at (512) 398-6777 ext. 4504.
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Investigators believe the 21-year-old planned to drive home from his apartment in San Marcos to Missouri City, a suburb of Houston. A timeline from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office tracks Landry’s movements from the time he left his apartment in San Marcos to the time his phone stopped ringing in Luling.
The schedule provided by the CCSO is as follows:
- December 13, 2020, 10:55 p.m.: Landry leaves his apartment in San Marcos, heading for Missouri City
- December 13, 2020, 11:05 p.m.: Landry drives on Interstate 80 and goes under I-35 in San Marcos
- December 13, 2020, 11:07 p.m.: Landry enters Caldwell County on Highway 80, heading south
- December 13, 2020, 11:11 p.m.: Entrance of Landry Martindalealways heading south on Highway 80
- December 13, 2020, 11:15 p.m.: Landry passes over SH 130 on Highway 80
- December 13, 2020, 11:17 p.m. to 11:21 p.m.: Landry passes through Fentress, Prairie Lea and Stairtown
- December 13, 2020, 11:24 p.m.: Landry enters Luling on Highway 80.
The CCSO says that when Landry crossed the Hackberry Street intersection where Highway 80 becomes Austin Street, he stopped using the Waze app and started using Snapchat.
Landry then continued on Austin St. to the intersection with US 183, also known as Magnolia Avenue, and CCSO says investigators believe he continued straight through that intersection, continuing on E. Austin, but at this intersection his digital footprint stops. Landry then continued on E. Austin to Spruce Street, which turns into Salt Flat Road.
A volunteer firefighter found Jason Landry’s car wrecked and abandoned on the 2300 block around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 14, the CCSO says. The vehicle’s lights were still on. A highway patrolman had Jason’s car towed away. He took his backpack, which contained a few joints, and left.
Hours later, Jason Landry’s father, Kent Landry, found his way to Salt Flat Road. He expected to see flashing police lights and his son. Instead, the road was dark and empty. “I saw deer, three different sets of deer go by. Coyotes went by and I didn’t see another car, another person.”
The clothes Jason Landry was wearing, his shoes, even his underwear, were strewn across the street. “I’ve found [my son’s] fish. I found where the accident happened and I’m the only one who took photos or videos,” he said.
Kent Landry was able to locate his son’s vehicle at a car pound. His cell phone was still in the car. No one was looking for him. Kent Landry added: “[the accident scene is] in the middle of nowhere. In this time window, it’s very possible that there won’t be anyone else in this box other than Jason and whoever did what they did. Who else is involved in this case.”
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