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Brandon Lawson – The Unsolved Mystery of Disappearance

Brandon Mason Lawson was a 26 year old man from San Angelo, Texas. He was an oil field labourer. He is father of four children and also had a common-law wife, Ladessa Lofton. His height was 5 foot 9 inches and weighed nearly 230 pounds. He was a Caucasian male with brown hair and blue eyes. Brandon Lawson has many tattoos on his arms, a scar on his chin and left knee. One of his ears is pierced. At the time of his disappearance, Brandon was wearing a yellow shirt, camouflage print shorts and white Air Max shoes.

Brandon was last seen on August 8, 2013 in San Angelo, Texas. He had an argument with his longtime girlfriend, which led Brandon to leave home at around 11:54 PM. He went to his father’s residence. Brandon called his brother Kyle after 45 minutes to tell him that he ran out of gas.

Following his phone call to Kyle, something occurred. Brandon contacted 9-1-1. They advised the dispatcher that he was “in a field” and needed the help of a cop. The dispatcher heard Brandon saying, “I ran into somebody”. He reacted to him, “Ahhh, ran into them? Ok.” A passer-by made a call to 9-1-1, regarding Brandon’s truck parked crookedly on the roadside, posing a hazard. Kyle and his girlfriend Audrey went out to provide Brandon their gas can. Kyle, and Audrey called Ladessa to inform about Brandon. Ladessa told them that she was going to have a shower and head to bed. However, the bank did not clear Kyle’s account so he couldn’t fill the gas can without money. But he figured out that he should pick up Brandon with the can and would drive him to Stripes Convenient Mart where Brandon could pay for the gas.

The truck was located on US 227, four and a half miles South of Bronte, Texas. It was close to a rest stop and parked haphazardly. Kyle reached there at 1:10 AM on August 9, 2013. There was no sign of Brandon. The Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the same time. There was no noticeable damage to the truck. But the keys and cell phone were missing. Deputy was aware that Brandon phoned 9-1-1 asking for “a cop”, stating “please hurry!”

While talking with the deputy, Kyle received a call from Brandon. Brandon’s cell was going off and on so it was hard to understand him. Brandon claimed that he was “ten minutes up the road.” He also informed them that he was bleeding. The phone went dead at this point. What Kyle understood was “I’m in the field.” Kyle felt possibly Brandon was hiding in the field due to an outstanding warrant from 2 years ago. So Kyle did not tell the deputy about the phone call he was listening to. If Kyle knew Brandon phoned 9-1-1 he would never have assumed his brother was “hiding?”

It was validated that the gas tank was empty. His cell phone was a Motorola Droid Razr. There was a substantial search of the region which turned up no sign of him. However, nobody has ever heard from him again. Lawson’s family was unaware that he called 9-1-1 that night. He only found out when they viewed his call records.

Mysterious Disappearances of Brandon Lawson

Mysterious Disappearances of Brandon Lawson

Audrey sent a text to Brandon at around 1:18 saying, “A cop is in your truck”. She did as if she wanted to warn him due to his warrant. At that time she was not aware that he himself contacted 9-1-1, asking for help. According to police, the family did admit Brandon’s first call to them. He told Kyle and Audrey that “he was ten minutes up the road, and was bleeding.” They didn’t report it to Deputy Neal at the crime scene. Deputy Neal did not inform Kyle that Brandon phoned 9-1-1.

The Observer Enterprise reported that on 9-1-1 “a stranded motorist called who ran out of gas.” There was neither mention of the urgency nor of the phrase “I ran into them”. The Deputy then put emergency flashers on. He locked the truck and “left the scene” and managed for a tow in the morning. According to reports, the Deputy did drive up and down the roadway to see if he could spot Brandon. Kyle and Audrey left the empty gas can in the truck. They assumed if Brandon came back he would at least have the can and could fill gas.

There was no sign of Brandon till the next morning. Kyle’s money has been retrieved in his account. So he went back to the truck to fill the can. At this point, he became concerned and felt that Brandon may not have been hiding and possibly in trouble. He talked with Detectives. He gave them the full information of Brandon being on the phone at the time the Deputy was at the truck.Until then, Brandon’s family didn’t know that he called 9-1-1. Ladessa saw the cell phone transactions. Law enforcement authorities informed that Brandon made a call to 9-1-1.

Father of four disappeared without trace

Father of four disappeared without any trace.There was no activity on Brandon’s bank accounts or his cell phone since that time. Professional Search and Rescue looked around the area of the abandoned truck on October 24, 2013.

Brandon’s family doesn’t connect the felony warrant to his disappearance. They think he would not run from the police because of it. He worked in the oil industry at the time of his disappearance. Although detectives have stated there’s no evidence of foul play in his case, his family declared it uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. He is categorised as an involuntarily missing person and his case remains unsolved.

About Fehmeeda Farid Khan

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