The Disappearance of Brandon Mason Lawson


On the night of Thursday, August 8, 2013, twenty-six-year-old Brandon Mason Lawson got into his car and left his San Angelo, TX home after an argument with his girlfriend of over 10 years, Ladessa Lofton.

About forty-five minutes after leaving, Brandon calls his brother, Kyle Lawson, saying that he ran out of gas on Highway 277 in Bronte, Texas.  Kyle and Kyle’s girlfriend, Audrey, set out to find Brandon and give him a ride to the nearest gas station to get gas.  

Meanwhile, around 12 minutes after the seemingly normal call to his brother, Brandon makes an alarming phone call to 911.  Unbeknownst to his family, Brandon hurriedly requests that police be sent to his location, even though he currently had a warrant out for his arrest.  Though the call is difficult to understand, it seems to generally follow the transcript below (listen to video for actual call):

9-1-1 Emergency:
9-1-1 Emergency?
Yes, I’m in the middle of the field …
A scaper just pruching guys over ..right here, goin’ towards Abilene, on both sides.
My truck ran out of gas… there’s one car here…
(inaudible) got chased through woods.
Please hurry.

9-1-1 Emergency:
Ok. Now. Run that by me…..?
(inaudible)…we’re not talking to em (inaudible)…ran into em
9-1-1 Emergency:
Ahhh…you ran into them? Ok.
Brandon :
(inaudible)…just the first guy.
9-1-1 Emergency:
Do you need an ambulance?
Yeah. No. I need the cops.
9-1-1 Emergency:
Is anyone hurt? Hello? Hello? Hello?

Kyle and Audrey arrive at Brandon’s truck, which is described as parked “haphazardly on the highway.”  Around the same time, a police officer also arrives the truck  and is believed to have been responding to a call that the truck was parked in an unsafe manner on the road.  


An excerpt from a LostNMissing flyer which shows Brandon’s truck and license plate number.

Kyle and Audrey began trying to call and text Brandon. At this point, they did not know that Brandon had called 911 requesting the police, and thought that either Brandon was hiding from the officer, or that Brandon may be unaware that there even was a police officer at his vehicle and were trying warn him (due to Brandon’s outstanding warrant). 

At one point, they do reach Brandon on the phone but the signal was extremely poor and the reception had a lot of static.  Brandon’s brother recalls Brandon saying he “was ten minutes up the road,” and then, “just hurry up and get here” before hanging up.  Audrey also talked with Brandon on the phone at some point, during which, she heard him say, “I’m [explicit] bleeding.”

The police officer leaves after 15-20 minutes and without running the license plates on the vehicle.  After parking farther up the road and looking around for Brandon, Kyle and Audrey begin to worry but are unsure of what to do.  Unable to reach Brandon again, Kyle eventually puts some gas in the truck in case Brandon comes back to it.  There has been no activity on Brandon’s cell phone or bank account afterwards, and no sightings of or contact with him since. 



Thursday, August 8, 2013

-Approximately 10:45-11:00 pm: Brandon has an argument with his girlfriend, Ladessa.  He is described as being “in panic mode” and had “a confused state of mind.”

-11:54 pm: Brandon leaves his house.  He has his keys, wallet, and cell phone.  It is reported that Brandon phoned his father and was headed to his father’s residence in the Fort Worth, TX area.   

Friday, August 9, 2013

-12:10 am: Kyle, Brandon’s brother, checks on Ladessa at the house after she had called Brandon’s family and was concerned. Kyle then left.

-Around 12:30 am: Brandon calls Kyle to say he has ran out of gas. Kyle and his girlfriend, Audrey, call Ladessa to let her know that Brandon ran out of gas. They go back by Ladessa and Brandon’s home and pick up an empty gas can to take to pick up Brandon.

-12:34 am, 12:36 am, and 12:48 am: Ladessa misses three phone calls from Brandon.  He does not leave any voicemails.

-12:50 am: Brandon calls 911 speaking quickly and indecipherably.  He clearly says that he ran out of gas, and makes it sound like something else is happening, ending the call with the clear “I need the cops” comment.

-12:58 am: The Coke County Sheriff’s office receives a call that a vehicle was parked on the side of Highway 277 and was “posing a risk to oncoming traffic.”

-1:18 am: Kyle and Audrey call Brandon to find out the exact location of his truck. They said it sounded like he was running through brush, and Kyle heard Brandon say that he was “10 minutes up the road” and to “just hurry up and get here.”  At some point, Audrey also talks to him on the phone and could distinguish him saying, “Audg [her nickname], I’m (explicit) bleeding.”  They eventually loose the signal completely or Brandon hangs up.

At this point, Kyle and Audrey are at Brandon’s truck, which is abandoned and undamaged. A police officer arrives at the truck, from the other direction, at the same time.  The police officer approaches and asks if Kyle was the one who made the call about the vehicle.  Kyle says the truck is owned by his brother who must have stepped away.  Shortly after this, the officer leaves the scene, and proceeds to drive around looking for Brandon (who he assumes is walking).

Note: The police officer does not mention Brandon’s 911 call requesting police, and Kyle does not mention Brandon’s phone call saying he was bleeding. Kyle and the police officer also came from different directions on the same road, and yet, neither see Brandon or anything suspicious. 

Since the cellular connection is so bad, Kyle and Audrey then try to text Brandon.  They go farther up the road looking for him and Audrey sends him a text saying, “A cop is at your truck” as a warning, due to his outstanding warrant.  They assume that Brandon is hiding out in the bushes because of the police officer, and perhaps, he is bleeding from scratches from the foliage.  They expect him to reemerge after the police officer is gone.

-Approximately 1:30-4:30 am:  Kyle continues to drive up and down the highway yelling out to and trying to find Brandon.  He has previously claimed that a few of his co-workers helped him, but was not detailed about the depth of their search and whether or not they got out of their vehicle(s).

-3:30 am: Kyle reports that Brandon’s cell phone stops ringing, and it seems as though it has been turned off or died.

-4:30 am: Kyle calls Ladessa and says he’s found Brandon’s truck, but he cannot find Brandon.

-5:00 am: Ladessa calls the police station regarding the abandoned truck and to see if they had any information.

-7:00 am: Kyle puts gas in Brandon’s truck, in case he returns.

-8:30 am: The Sheriff’s Department has Brandon’s truck towed.


Disparaging Reports

The editor and owner of the Coke County, TX newspaper, The Observer/Enterprise, published some fairly incendiary reports after the initial disappearance of Brandon Lawson.  Interestingly, the county paper was bought by Sheriff Wayne McCutchen and his wife, Melinda McCutchen, in 2010.  The Coke County Sheriff’s Department is the agency responsible for investigating Brandon’s disappearance, and the disparaging reports/FB posts associated with The Observer/Enterprise are all written by Publisher and Editor, Melinda McCutchen.

Melinda seemed to have been continuously suggesting that Brandon either staged his disappearance or was under the heavy influence of drugs and alcohol, or both, without producing or referring to any legitimate proof of either circumstance.

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After Kyle admitted to speaking with Brandon on the phone, the Coke County Oberserver/Enterprise consistently reported that Brandon had been “hiding in the brush” from the officer, even though that was only Kyle’s initial assumption, and has never been proven.

Melinda is also quoted, by the Missing Brandon Lawson page, in a post (pictured below) as saying, “Let’s just say publicly, I was told [Brandon] couldn’t have gone more than 100 yards in his condition.”  However, it is extremely unclear who told Melinda this or how anyone would have known of Brandon’s condition during his disappearance (since no one admits to actually seeing him after he left his house that night).


A screenshot from of Melinda McCutchen’s responses to various questions.  The questions are in quotation marks and Melina responses do not have the quotation marks.

Melinda also published articles/posts with leading titles like “Law enforcement concludes man not in Coke County” and “Missing Man No Longer in Coke County,” as though Brandon had been conclusively determined to be elsewhere.  It appears as though her titles were only in reference to search parties having been unsuccessful; however, it is unclear if this is an instance of poor word selection, or if it is the pointed framing of a narrative (which suggests Brandon is in hiding due elsewhere to his outstanding warrant).

The Observer/Enterprise also published a post with obvious bias, aggressively claiming the following:

“In conclusion, there were many poor decisions made that night and during the next few days. However, they weren’t made by the Coke County Sheriff’s Office.”  

The above statement was made on October 2, 2013, less than two months after Brandon disappeared.

It is unclear whether there are unreleased facts which substantiate Melinda’s reports further, or if she is trying to the vindicate her husband’s department’s initial lack of assistance by disparaging the victim.  Some have suggested that her biased reporting substantiates claims of police collusion, and potential involvement, in Brandon’s disappearance.

In the first comment Brandon makes on the 911 call, many people are convinced that he was saying something like, “Yes, I’m in the middle of the field.  A state trooper’s pushing cars over right here, goin’ towards Abilene, on both sides,” but that the call had been edited.  In an attempt, presumably by police, to wipe the words ‘state trooper,’ Brandon is made to say something indistinguishable like stay-per.  Melinda McCutchen’s bellicose reporting tone could have been fueled by this kind of speculation regarding potential police involvement.

Regardless, Brandon Lawson’s loved ones, as well as the general internet public following the case, have been appalled by the casual prejudice and blatant conflict of interest demonstrated by the Coke County media outlet.  

Theories and Further Speculation

Outside Influences

A fairly popular presumption is that Brandon encountered some kind of nefarious situation on the highway that night.  Some have raised the possibility of police involvement; however, this does not necessarily mean that authorities are responsible for Brandon’s disappearance.  He could have encountered something else entirely, which was then subsequently mishandled or not thoroughly investigated by police.

There is speculation that the haphazard way Brandon’s truck was parked indicates a more complex situation.  Brandon’s 911 call certainly makes it sound as though there are multiple parties involved:

  1. The ‘scaper’ person pushing cars over;
  2. “The First Guy” (which implies there was at least a second guy too);
  3. Brandon himself.

It also seems like Brandon may be using the word “we” several times, but it is hard to tell.

Another item of popular speculation is whether the muffled “Yeah” said right before Brandon clearly declares, “No, I need the cops” is an another, unknown person’s voice.  It definitely seems as though this is said at a different distance or in a different tone, if it is not, in fact, said by a different voice entirely.

Some simple, and possible, alterations/assumptions easily make the 911 call more fitting to this narrative.

9-1-1 Emergency:
9-1-1 Emergency?
Yes, I’m in the middle of the field …
[Indecipherable] just pushing guys over. They’re out here goin’ towards Abilene on both sides.
My truck ran out of gas…
There’s one car here. He got chased into the woods.
Please hurry.
9-1-1 Emergency:
Ok. Now. Run that by me…..?
There’s one guy talking to em. I assume he ran into em.
9-1-1 Emergency:
Ahhh…you ran into them? Ok.
No, just the first guy.
(Possibly as in, no I didn’t run into them, but I think this ‘first’ guy did.)
9-1-1 Emergency:
Do you need an ambulance?
Yeah. No. I need the cops.
9-1-1 Emergency:
Is anyone hurt? [Line goes dead.] Hello? Hello?

It’s hard to speculate regarding what Brandon came upon that night. It certainly seems that, by his tone and directness, something specific and unexpected had just occurred.

There is also the matter of the 911 call made by an unknown person who reported that Brandon’s truck was parked unsafely. Details about this call have never been made public. What if the second 911 call was made by someone who, a few moments later, saw Brandon walking and offered him a ride? What if something happened to both the caller and Brandon? Or, could this 911 caller have seen anything else that may bring new light to Brandon’s disappearance? In some reports, this caller is referred to as a trucker. Have police located, checked on, and questioned this individual?

Another potential item of interest is that there is an unattended rest area with picnic tables about a 9-minute walk from Brandon’s truck. Brandon could have attempted to walk to and wait there, as more distinguishable meeting spot for his brother to locate. Perhaps, Brandon meant that, while he was walking, someone ran him off the road on both sides pushing him into the woods, or some kind of variation of this.


This shows the picnic shelter near where Brandon’s truck ran out of gas.

Altered Consciousness

Another possibility is that Brandon was not in his normal state of mind.

Some people point out that his outstanding warrant is due to drugs, and suggest that he relapsed; however, his family (including the last person to see him alive, Ladessa) is adamant that Brandon was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol that night. They do not believe he would have had enough time to ingest drugs or alcohol, and still make it as far along on his route as he did. Even if Brandon had been under the influence of something, there is still no explanation as to why he was not sighted by people in that area on the night of August 8th, or why his body has not been found after the passing of over two years.

The 911 phone call does have some parallels to other calls that have been made by paranoid drug users in the past. However, it is noteworthy that in most of these calls, the caller(/s) usually or eventually say something outrageous enough to suggest that they are definitively on drugs. Many people insist he sounds pointed and coherent, if not a little frantic and out-of-breath.

Brandon could have been picked up and driven somewhere on the night of his disappearance. Perhaps, the driver wrecked the vehicle in a hard to see (or search) area. A head injury could also explain the confusing nature of his 911 call, as well as his subsequent calls to Kyle and Audrey.

Another theory is that Brandon had a mental break. Brandon and Ladessa had argued earlier that night and were both stressed out. Ladessa recalled in an interview, that “Brandon was about to start a new job. We have three children, but there are four altogether. I have a stepdaughter. I was working at the time, so there was a little stress.” The only family that Brandon had close by was his brother, Kyle. Brandon was twenty-six years old, which as a male, puts him at risk for the onset of a variety of mental health issues. However, it does not seem as though he showed any previous indications of mental health problems.

Other Possibilities Abound

Initially, there were rumours that Brandon had abandoned his family and went into hiding because of his outstanding warrant. However, this seems extremely unlikely as he had taken steps to handle the outstanding warrant and was actively saving money to pay an attorney to represent him in the matter.

Also, logistically, if one were to stage their disappearance in order to go into hiding, why not disappear with the truck? It doesn’t seem reasonable to leave your only method of transportation behind. Why stage such an elaborate production complete with calls to his brother, a 911 call requesting police, and the abandonment of his own vehicle?

543922_146401725568910_124905950_n.jpgBrandon’s family feels very strongly that he would not miss the birthdays of and holidays with his four children. It is uncharacteristic of him to disappear without warning and they are very worried about his wellbeing. When broaching the possibility of Brandon having ran away, Ladessa stated emphatically that “[Brandon] would never do this. I mean, he’s missed our son’s first birthday, our other son’s second birthday. He’s missed Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, all kinds of things. I mean, I know Brandon. Brandon’s my best friend, besides he’s my soulmate. I’ve been with him since I was fifteen and he was sixteen. We’re high school sweethearts, like inseparable. We were each other’s best friends, like this would never happen.”



Brandon’s family feels as though some horrific had to have happened to him. The area that Brandon is missing from is called Bronte, TX. It is a small town in Coke County with a population of just under 1,000 people. The land is extremely rural and unforgiving.

According to Ladessa, “[Brandon] would give the shirt off his back to anybody but, I mean, he could’ve asked for help and something could’ve happened to Brandon. I don’t know. Or Brandon could’ve been scared running and he could’ve got bit by a snake or he could’ve hit his head or fell in the brush or something bad like that. I really don’t know.”



Missing Father

Brandon worked in the Texan oil fields around 75-80 hours a week. He and his immediate family had moved to San Angelo, TX for work, and had limited friends and family nearby.

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Brandon has four children: two daughters and two sons, who ranged in ages from one to ten years old at the time of his disappearance. Ladessa Lofton has privately funded the hiring of a private detective and multiple air searches by plane.


Ladessa Lofton and Brandon Lawson

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, just not knowing. I mean, it’s devastating. You don’t know what to do anymore. Sometimes I just can’t believe that this has happened. I guess you watch stuff on TV and listen to radio stations and you look at the person and you hear something really devastating or bad and you listen to it for a minute and a lot of people just go on. But this, it’s me. Now it happened to me. So now, when I see other stuff, I try to share it as much as I can or care more, because you never know what’s going to happen in life.”

Ladessa Lofton, Brandon Lawson’s Girlfriend


Brandon’s Children



Brandon was last seen wearing a bright yellow shirt (pictured to the left), camouflage shorts, and white 2013 Air Max brand tennis shoes.

He has multiple tattoos on his arms, scars on his chin and left knee, and one pierced ear.

If you have any potential information, please call the TX Dept of Public Safety, MPC at 512-424-5074 – Case # M1308005, or your local police.


24 thoughts on “The Disappearance of Brandon Mason Lawson

  1. Cynthia Caron says:

    You did an excellent job! My personal beliefs is that “He ran into them”, basically as meaning “coincidentally we met up.” I believe he did run out of gas…perhaps at that time the earlier guys showed up. Then, an argument..he was chased into the woods…he overcomes the guy chasing him…holds guy down and calls 911. It’s the guy held down that says “yes” to ambulance…it’s Brandon who says “no” as he wanted cops. I then believe the other guys caught up and caused him serious harm…he tells his brothers’ girlfriend “he’s bleeding.” Nobody has heard from him since. I still cannot. understand why police never told family of 9-1-1 call?
    Also, he had on that same yellow shirt (as in bowling alley photo.)…even today I believe a drone could pick something up, good luck getting Sheriff Dept. to authorize it.


  2. Mike says:

    I think what really needs to be examined, as I’ve listened to the 911 call hundreds of times, is what is going on in the background after she says “Ahh you ran into ’em ok” and what Brandon is saying as she asks if he needs an ambulance. It sounds like there is either conversation or some kind of activity, then Brandon makes the “first guy” comment where there’s then a BOOM followed by a complete sentence by Brandon as she’s asking if he needs an ambulance.

    I also believe that the tape is edited because there are shifts in continuity if you listen closely.

    And nothing is more disturbing to me than the vague “Help me” that you can hear after her second “Hello?”

    It’s just bizarre to me that other than amongst a certain curious internet community, this isn’t more of a story. Not only is it a tragedy, but it’s a really compelling mystery with so many unanswered questions.

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    • truenoir says:

      It’s frustrating that the operator speaks over him once she assumes there was a car wreck. Something is going on in the background- I’m not certain that other people/voices are definitively present but, at the very least, he seems to be moving quickly and not wholly focused on the questions being asked.

      In my opinion, the audio definitely seems edited. And, Ladessa was not made aware by the police of the 911 call (she found it on Brandon’s phone records). It seems like if the call were edited by police, it wasn’t for clarity, but to withhold a few details for whatever reason. It’d be interesting to know if the 911 call length detailed on the phone records matched the length of the recording.

      Personally, I didn’t hear the “Help me” before but maybe I should have another listen. Of course, this call has proven to be a Rorschach test to listeners, which is interesting because it’s not gibberish or completely unintelligible, and there are no massive red flags that Brandon is on drugs, hallucinating, or just making stuff up (like ‘people putting cars in the trees‘). You can hear him and you can make out 80% of the words/phrases, but it’s the interpretive 20% of the call that really seems to matter.

      I do think that the “Yeah” after “Do you need an ambulance?” could potentially be a different voice than Brandon’s, but he may have also been moving around or obscuring the microphone unintentionally, making it sound different.

      Not only is it bizarre that this isn’t more of a major news story, but it’s bizarre that nothing was ever discovered relating to Brandon’s disappearance. The most mundane of explanations is that he had some sort of episode, ran out into the wilderness, and was either injured or wasted away. And yet, there was NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE discovered at any point to support this theory- no torn clothing, no shoe, wallet, or cell phone, and no body found.


    • Chuck Norris says:

      Yeah, there’s definitely a “Help me”. It’s very faint, almost inaudible. I could only hear it with my headset on, it’s really bone chilling.
      I was asking myself why the discussion stopped so abruptly..

      I wonder if the outcome would’ve been the same had his sister not miss calls from him (2 very close, within 2 minutes of each other, then one right before he calls 911). Then the call, later on, mentioning he was bleeding. There was something going on, he was in trouble and injured.

      Why hasn’t he been found? The other person(s) most probably moved him since they knew Brandon had called 911.

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      • truenoir says:

        Hi there! After listening to an edited version, and this True Crime Garage podcast episode, I have been able to hear an extremely faint “Help Me” ….but it sounds almost mechanical… ………which is just INCREDIBLY creepy and bizarre.

        I can’t hear it in unaltered/full speed versions, but that may be my bad hearing. I do kind of wonder if some of the noises are from the operator side of the call. Like a television or something playing far away in the background? The operator was working out of a nursing home. But, I mean, I don’t know of anything that would say Help Me in a mechanical voice anyways.

        Good ear! What an eerie catch.


      • Joe says:

        I have listened to the altered version and I just don’t accept it. I get where some people might feel like they are really hearing it and maybe they are but in my honest opinion it is just white noise/background noise that can be very very loosely interpreted as a “help me”


  3. Mike says:

    It’s just so strange how dismissive the authorities seem to be when it comes to finding out what happened to Brandon. It’s also odd to me that there is/was such a lack of media coverage in regards to this case as well. Like, where is his brother Kyle? For someone who was pretty involved in what happened that night you sure don’t hear or see much of his opinion on what might’ve happened. I mean, did HE listen to the 911 call? What does HE make of it? Besides the radio interview with Ladessa there really isn’t much information on ANY people involved with what happened that night. Where is the 911 operator? Or the trooper? How about the operator that answered the call about there being a car haphazardly on the highway?

    As far as the recording, it truly is a bizarre puzzle. How does a case with a 911 call lead to absolutely nothing? And was he in full panic mode or was he in fact high on meth? (Interesting story with that couple by the way). I hope someday the truth comes out but it doesn’t seem like too many people care or are willing to look deeply into what may have happened.

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  4. H says:

    Brandon leaves approx 11:53pm, and calls his brother at 12:39am. The distance from San Angelo to his approx location of where the car ran out of gas is about 30 min. I read in an interview with his girlfriend, that she stated people drive pretty fast on highway 277, average speed of 75mph. They also said he drove away from home in a fast manner. The timeframe is 46 minutes, which is a long time considering his brother received a phone call from Brandon at 12:39am about running out of gas and arrived to his aide at 1:10am, 31 minutes. This also includes the time of Kyle calling Ladessa, driving over to her house, and driving down a dark highway not knowing the exact location of Brandon. His speed, driving down the highway, would probably be a little slower than Brandons’ considering he is looking for the truck. My question is, did Brandon stop by somewhere to pick up a friend/buddy? His 911 call stated the word “we,” like he classified himself with that person together or at least he didn’t feel threatened by that person. I am sure the family looked through his call records prior to the 911 call by Brandon, even prior to his argument with his girlfriend. Could it be a friend that lived close by who was not married, no kids, or lived in the area alone because he worked in the oilfield as well, maybe someone who no one would have filed a missing person’s report because he is out there on his own? Has Brandon ever been in any other situation where he was distracted or preoccupied and ran out of gas? Is this something that was in his nature? He was use to driving long distances, he knew where the gas stations were. Did he have someone else in the car and he was venting about the argument or had his music on loud, and did not hear or see the gas light on? Did he go anywhere the morning of August 8, was his travel that day/afternoon far, where he knew he was low on gas? I read somewhere, I am not sure if it was Kyle or Brandon who didn’t have the funds in their account to get gas because their paycheck didn’t go in yet. If it was Brandon, how did he think he could make that 2 hour drive to his dad’s place with being low on gas, unless he picked a friend up thinking they would chip in on gas? Irregardless, my deepest condolences to Brandon’s family and friends. I truly hope they find him. I just recently heard about this story and decided to read more into this case. It has been very interesting, and some people’s negative opinions or “lack of” unbiased reports are disappointing and irrelevant to the fact that there is a missing person. I do believe there are “people” out there that know what happened that night, and I hope the family will get their prayers answered soon.

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    • truenoir says:

      These are all really good points.

      I’ve seen rumors across message boards that he may have been at a WalMart before heading to his dad’s house; however, I’ve never been able to verify that information. There are further rumors that he was involved in some kind of altercation there. It seems hard to reconcile, though, that these movements would not be verified by police and then released to the public in hopes of garnering more information. At the very least, if I as a family member knew my loved one had stopped somewhere before disappearing, I would mention it in the timeline- someone may have seen or heard something there that could potentially change everything. SO, I’d personally take these rumors with a grain of salt, but they’re interesting nonetheless.

      A lot of people cite the lack of police reports or missing persons reports as proof that nothing happened to anyone other than Brandon that night. But, you’re definitely right, anything is possible. If someone he was known to hang out with had also gone missing, I believe it would have been noticed by Brandon’s friends or family. But it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that he was with someone he wasn’t known to hang out with…

      Also, maybe Brandon walked into a group of individuals, who were family members or married/related to each other, having a violent dispute. Perhaps, someone was being hurt or pushed off the road by the only people who would’ve been expected to report them missing. Perhaps, the other person/people were migrant [/illegal] workers. Perhaps, the other person/people were from out of town, and would’ve been reported missing somewhere totally different anyways. There is no way to know for sure.

      As far as the gas goes, it’d be interesting to have Ladessa’s take on Brandon’s driving habits and running out of gas. But, personally, I push my gas tank pretty far– it’s got to be on the last bar (and that bar’s usually blinking) before I pull over. So, I can understand running out of gas, especially if I had left after an intense argument and just wanted to get AWAY for a while. It was Brandon’s brother, Kyle, that didn’t have funds in his account.

      I really think it comes down to the fact that a man is missing – just vanished out of thin air. Regardless of anyone’s opinion about him or what has most likely happened, we -as a society- should not accept a reality where that kind of thing just happens unquestioned and unexamined. So, thank you, for reading, commenting, and sharing your thoughts. I also believe that someone knows more about what happened that night, and hopefully, this will all be resolved at some point.


  5. Big Tony says:

    Cook Country cops are either corrupt or incompetent.
    Occams razor points to their involvement in either the disappearance or coverup.

    Also pretty sure no one has mentioned this but that “abilene both ways” phrase to me has always meant Brandon was quickly stating his whereabouts. As in it’s equal way to Abilene from both ways from where he’s at.

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  6. MichelleT says:

    I understand people being upset over a missing person, but some of theories are really jumping overboard and are much more of a hindrance than help.
    “pruching” and “scrapers” are not non-sense words. They are derogatory slang used to describe ghetto person’s cars and car jackings or highway robbers.


    • Joe says:

      First, if those are common “ghetto words” to mean car jacking they must be extremely rarely used. Second, if Brandon used ghetto slang then no doubt, his girlfriend, brother, and or other family members would be familiar with that and realize that he is using slang. All due respect but you berate concerned people for “jumping overboard” then offer what to me is a very off the wall “theory” yourself.


  7. Stefan Eriksson (@St3tch) says:

    Almost at the same time the operator asks if he needs an ambulance you can hear him say: “For god´s sake!”. And just before the operator asks you can almost hear something that sounds like a crash of some sort. I don’t think thats just some heavy breathing. So something is going on around him.


  8. wjgibson2013 says:

    Following this case from afar (outside the US), with absolutely no connection to anyone or anything involved. But it’s always seemed quite likely to me that he was chased up the road from San Angelo. The only evidence that the truck actually ran out of petrol (as opposed to voluntarily pulling over or being pushed off the road) is from Brandon Lawson’s brother.


      • Robin says:

        But then that conflicts with the brother’s story though, who says he filled it with gas before leaving in case Brandon returned.


      • Beatrice says:

        Robin- Brandon called and said he ran our of gas and his brother left a gas can in his truck the morning after, while they were searching for him, in case he came back to his truck.


  9. tamaramilessc says:

    I have just stumbled onto this and read the story for the first time and listened to the 911 call several times — so I’d just like to add a couple of ideas even though you may think I’m nuts. The first thing I thought of was a “scraper” as in the machine for moving earth and used in highway construction:

    and it would make sense that such a machine might be on the highway and/or in the middle of a field. The second thing is that when I looked up scraper, I found more than one example of a Caterpillar Dozer pushing scrapers, on video: — and there is also a Caterpillar Scraper.

    So… as crazy as it sounds, I think somebody might have been trying to run him down with a scraper, but don’t they go very slow?

    As an alternative, the person who posted a while back about the ghetto slang is absolutely right scraper= Buick or Oldsmobile, riding low, apparently.

    Prucher = rummage or rifle through items

    So, it’s bizarre, but it’s worth a look. Were there any tracks from bulldozers or scrapers? Any tracks from other cards in the field??


  10. Gary L. says:

    Possibly him getting his warrant taken care of ,as your story says, and the warrant being a case involving drugs, maybe someone suspected him of becoming or being a ci (confidential informant) I am curious what the drug charge is, if it is involving meth and he was a user and possibly he began using again that night, he alone could have conjured up many things in his mind, meth is a powerful drug, I kno from experience, as for the sheriffs wife being part owner and writer for the local newspaper wtf!! that is bizarre and scary!! I pray for the family and hope the best outcome, very compelling case


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