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#TwoYearsIsTooLong | Retired FBI agents find evidence Jason Landry may have been a crime victim

Landry is the Texas State student who disappeared near Luling on Dec. 13, 2020, on his way home to Missouri City for Christmas break. The reward is now $20,000.

Michelle Homer, Grace White

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Published: 5:30 PM CST December 12, 2022
Updated: 11:58 AM CST December 13, 2022

It was the night of Dec. 13, 2020, when Texas State student Jason Landry loaded up his car and headed home to the Houston area to spend time with his family for the holidays. 

Jason's parents in Missouri City were looking forward to having all of their adult children home for Christmas. They never dreamed their lives were about to be turned upside down. 

Jason never made it home. His wrecked car was found abandoned on Salt Flat Road near Luling in Caldwell County early the next morning. His backpack, clothing and other personal items were found nearby, but there was no sign of Jason.

A state trooper made the call no parent wants to get. Jason's wrecked car and some belongings had been found.

“We’re working on trying to locate him and I fear that he may be on some type of substance," the trooper told Jason's mother. "Reason being is because I did find some narcotics in his backpack.” 

His father, Kent Landry, immediately drove to the rural area where the car crashed. While searching for signs of his son, Kent found his clothes still lying in the middle of the road.

"It just feels like your child is discarded, because they treat everything with this investigation with such indifference. You don’t even secure the evidence, whatever it might be?" Kent told KHOU 11 after two years and no answers. "You don’t secure the car and the crash scene for further investigation? You don’t even do the basics – that is your job."

While the local sheriff's office believes Jason walked away from the car on his own and "no crime occurred," a retired FBI agent and his team of investigators strongly disagree. KHOU 11 reporter Grace White spoke with the agent, the sheriff's office lead investigator and Jason's dad.

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