COLLEGE STATION, Texas New clues in the case of a College Station man, missing since Christmas day, have helped bring police one step closer to solving the mystery.
Brendan John Boyd, 24, told friends he was headed back to his hometown of Abilene on Christmas to see family and friends when he disappeared. On Monday, Chuck Fleeger with the College Station Police Department said they got a new lead in the case.
"We were able to determine that his vehicle was recovered in the Laredo area," said Fleeger.
Police said Boyd's family was notified that Boyd's car had been towed from a convenience store parking lot in Laredo, Texas. About 400 miles from Abilene.
Fleeger said a man matching Boyd's description was spotted twice at that same convenience store on Christmas day. Police said surveillance footage shows Boyd inside the store.
The store owners thought the car was abandoned, so they had it towed, investigators said.
When he didn't show up for work at the Texas Roadhouse in College Station two days after Christmas, friends started to worry.
"I texted him, hey, if you're missing work, this isn't cool. If you're ignoring me and missing work, that's really not cool," said Kaylee Stasik, a friend and co-worker of Boyd.
Co-workers reported him missing on December 29.
Nina Westfall knew Boyd well. She was his house mother at the Hendricks River Ranch, a home for children near Abilene.
"He came from kind of a not so great background, but had a great desire to do better," said Westfall.
Westfall said Boyd's mother died when he was young, and his father wasn't in the picture. Boyd moved to the home when he was 15 and worked his way through college.
He recently moved to College Station to work on his master's degree at Texas A&M University. Westfall said he was trying to save up enough money to enroll at the school.
"The last time I heard from him was in November, before Thanksgiving," said Westfall. "He said that things were going okay, but it wasn't like he wanted. The financial aid that he was hoping to get, fell through."
There were many children at the ranch. Westfall said Boyd was one of the special ones.
"We love them all. Some of the return that, and some of them don't. Brendan was one who did," said Westfall.
Westfall says she has a message for Boyd.
"We love you. It doesn't matter what's going on right now with you. We want you to come home," said Westfall.
Fleeger said they don't have any reason to believe foul play was involved. If you have any information, you're asked to give them a call at 979-764-3600.