The last time Brandon Lawson was heard was by a 911 dispatcher he called, in a panicked and out-of-sorts call. This call came in early on the morning of August 10, 2013, shortly after Brandon left his home following an argument with his girlfriend.
Lawson’s vehicle ran out of gas on the highway, and he called his brother, Kyle Lawson, for help. Another motorist contacted the police due to Brandon’s vehicle blocking the road.
A police officer arrived shortly after, at the same time as Kyle and Kyle’s girlfriend, Audrey. In a rural region of Bronte, Texas, they found Lawson’s vehicle, out of gas and abandoned. Brandon was nowhere to be seen. His cell phone and his car keys were also missing. What none of the three on the scene knew, at the time, was that Brandon called 911 himself after calling his brother.
In the 911 call, Brandon is hard to understand. He sounds like he’s out of breath, as though he’s been running from someone. It’s hard to tell what, exactly, he’s attempting to convey to the dispatcher. Something is clearly very wrong, however, as Brandon dismisses the dispatcher’s suggestion to call an ambulance.
“No,” he insists, “I need the police”. Brandon was not heard from again after this phone call. Around 3 AM that night, Brandon’s phone either loses power or is shut off, as it is no longer picked up pinging from cell phone towers. Neither Brandon nor his belongings have ever been found. So, what happened to him?
There’s an almost complete absence of physical evidence in the case. The most plausible theory regarding Brandon’s disappearance relates to his habit of drug use. Some suspect that Brandon may have been targeted by local drug dealers who spotted him out of gas on the side of the road. Brandon’s own brother, Kyle, has been candid about his brother’s drug use.
Some theorize that Brandon may have owed local dealers money. This, in turn, could explain the hectic 911 call, and the lack of physical evidence.
If criminals abducted Brandon and harmed him, it’s unlikely they’d leave much behind. This could also explain why Brandon’s body has not been found: if he had simply gotten lost in the surrounding wilderness, authorities would have likely found his remains by now.
Brandon was 5’9” and weighed 230 lbs at the time of his disappearance. His case has gone cold, but tips can be directed to the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office at 325-453-2717.