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COLLEGE STATION - The search for a man last seen on Christmas Day is over. College Station Police say John Boyd is working for a church in Mexico.
Boyd’s co-workers reported him missing December 29, two days after he was supposed to show up for work.
Around midnight on Christmas Day, Boyd left a co-workers apartment. He was going home to get some sleep before heading to Abilene to visit friends. He texted the same co-worker at 11:00 a.m. saying he was an hour or so into his trip. That evening, he texted “Merry Christmas” to another co-worker.
Boyd was scheduled to be back at work on December 27, but he never showed up. Police in College Station and Abilene began a joint search two days later.
The case took an unexpected twist on Monday when Boyd’s family in Abilene received a letter stating his car had been towed from a convenience store parking lot on December 30.
Tuesday, College Station Police got a call from police in Laredo that Boyd was seen on the store’s surveillance camera.
Thursday, someone posted a message on a Facebook page set up to help find Boyd. It said Boyd was in Mexico working with a local church.
Investigators contacted the church and they confirmed that an associate, Christian Cruz, helped get Boyd a job there.
Late Thursday night, Boyd called a friend to say he was okay and that he was working in Mexico. The friend told Boyd to call police because he had been reported missing.
Boyd contacted Laredo Police to verify his location and that he was okay. Cruz also provided pictures of himself and Boyd in Mexico, reportedly taken Thursday.
College Station Police removed Boyd from the missing persons’ database and closed the investigation.