‘We just want you home’: Search continues for missing Texas State University student


LULING, Texas (KXAN) — On Thursday, several agencies were outside of Luling, about 40 minutes from south Austin, searching for missing Texas State University student Jason Landry.

Jason Landry

Day four of the search began bright and early on Thursday morning.

Authorities said Jason got in a crash when heading home for Christmas break. They said they found his car abandoned with his wallet and phone.

Jason’s dad, Kent Landry, was on site as well, along with several other family members as crews continued their search.

“Some people have asked, could it be possible [Jason] could be hiding or scared, because he wrecked the car,” Kent said. “I can’t imagine that would be true.”

Kent has a message for his son:

“If it is true. Don’t worry about that. The car is just a stupid car. We love you. Call someone. Call the police. Come home. We just want you home.”

The search for Texas State University student Jason Landry is still ongoing (KXAN Photo/Jala Washington)
The search for Texas State University student Jason Landry is still ongoing (KXAN Photo/Jala Washington)

Agencies like Texas Search and Rescue, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, the Texas State Police Department and even locals have been looking for Jason. 

“It’s thousands of acres, and today I’m searching as close to the roads as possible,” neighbor Stuart Carter said.

“I think he’s heading for help, and he might have lost energy,” Carter continued.

Sgt. Deon Cockrell with Texas DPS said they’re concentrating on particular areas in their search.

“We’re still concentrating on areas like the creeks and the water,” Cockrell said. “But right now, we still haven’t found him.

Cockrell said they are being thorough.

“Videos, cameras, whatever we can use to scour the area,” Cockrell said. 

As Jason’s family waits, they’re hoping for the best.

“We just want you home. Nothing else. Nothing else matters. I love you, son,” Kent said. 

Texas State said it will be offering counseling to any students who may need it right now. 

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