Circumstance: Brandon was last seen when he left his San Angelo home at 11:53 pm August 9, 2013. He called his brother for help after running out of gas on Highway 277 near Bronte, Texas. When his brother arrived, there was no sign of Lawson. There was no damage to the vehicle and his keys and his cell phone were gone. Brandon phoned 9-1-1 that night — telling dispatch he needed help. There has been no activity on his bank accounts or his cell phone since that time. He has a wife and four young children who need your help in bringing Brandon home.
____________MISLEADING MEDIA REPORT_____________
Online News Article written by Mrs. McCutchen, the wife of Sheriff McCutchen (IN BOLD)
We've "broken apart" her reporting and added our own comments in italics.
Her Headline states:
"Law enforcement concludes man not in Coke County"
- This headline is misleading and without basis. One CANNOT conclude because a body was not found, in a specific area searched, that the person sought "is no longer in the entire county."
Members of Texas Search and Rescue and various law enforcement agencies began arriving last Wednesday evening for Thursday’s massive search for Brandon Lawson.
This latest search stems from an incident which occurred just before 1 am Friday, August 9, 2013. It began with a 911 call about a stranded motorist just south of Bronte on Highway 277.
- She did not elaborate that the 9-1-1 call was made by a motorist, from what his wife was told...a trucker...who called 9-1-1 to report a truck parked in an unsafe manner on the highway.
The driver was not at the vehicle when Chief Deputy Brandon Neal arrived just after 1 am. However at this time, investigation has revealed that Brandon Lawson was hiding in the brush (due to an outstanding felony warrant) watching Deputy Neal while speaking to his brother, Kyle Lawson, on his cell phone.
- This statement was according to Brandon's brother who was enroute to rescue Brandon after he ran out of gas. The statements he made is confusing for a number of reasons. First, I believe this was his brother's opinion and not entirely factual. I believe he may have said this to cover for Brandon's absence from the vehicle... as opposed to "Brandon told him on the cell phone he was hiding."
- If Brandon was afraid of his outstanding warrant for arrest (from years earlier)...why would Brandon himself call 911 ?
- Why would Brandon himself specifically ask for law enforcement if he wanted to hide? Thus this makes no sense.
- Additionally, the Deputy at the scene DID NOT TELL Kyle that Brandon himself called 9-1-1? Surely that would have heightened Kyle Lawson’s awareness and fear that his brother HAD to be in some kind of trouble to have called 9-11?
- Was Brandon hiding out and then found himself in trouble after the Deputy and his brother left the scene? The girlfriend of Kyle says Brandon placed a call to them and was "incoherent" and all she caught was "I'm bleeding." This also not reported in the details of the reporting to the public.
- Was it that Deputy Neal, who was dispatched, came due to the "trucker's" 9-1-1 call and he himself was not aware that Brandon himself called 9-1-1 yet? Why wouldn't he have told Kyle that "your brother called 911?" Unless he did not know.
- Had Kyle Lawson knew that his brother made a call to 911 himself, I believe the entire scenario would have played out differently on the night in question. Instead, Kyle and his girlfriend go back home thinking Kyle is just “hiding out” and perhaps his “bleeding” was from scratches in the brush…expecting him to be home in morning and the two of them would laugh over his bad luck.
- NO FAMILY was aware that Brandon was in distress with his clear “I need the cops” call, including his “please hurry.”
- NO FAMILY was told that Brandon called 911. Not even Ladessa. They found out when they saw it on a cell phone report.Why did the family have to tell the police , after seeing phone records, that a call was made for help by Brandon? Why was that also left out of this news report?
According to Ladessa Lofton, no one has heard from Lawson since this time.
The Coke County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with DPS and the Texas Rangers, had already conducted an aerial search and a ground grid search without revealing any clues to his whereabouts.
- This aerial search was done using infrared which would identify a "heated body" as in "alive." And was done a number of days AFTER Brandon went missing. Infrared is not going to pick up a non-heated body.
To rule out the possibility that Lawson had become lost in the brush and died, Coke County Sheriff Wayne McCutchen approved a search using cadaver or human remains (HR) dogs. The search was scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2013.
Members of Texas Search and Rescue provided six HR dogs, handlers and flankers in addition to numerous support and logistics personnel for this search. According to Greg Pyles, TexSAR Chief Executive Officer and Incident Commander, TexSAR expended approximately $25,000 for this search. TexSAR is a non-profit organization completely supported by private and corporate donations. The group only conducts law enforcement approved searches.
TexSAR uses “math and science” based upon information provided by the family to determine the size and area to be searched. The organization has a great track record with a 95% success rate. Their findings and reports have proven accurate and have stood up under scrutiny when used in court cases.
TexSAR’s team included officers with Texas Division of Emergency Management, Cen-Tex Search and Rescue and the Lewisville Police Department. They also brought in two game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Incident Commander Greg Pyles’ resume lists several federal law enforcement positions.
The TexSAR canines are highly trained. These HR dogs will not “hit” on varmint carcasses. However, dead hogs sometimes prove a distraction to HR animals. Each handler wears a gps device which provided Brandon Goering, Operations Section Chief, an extremely detailed analysis of all area covered.
The search was extended to the northeast following one HR dog showing slight interest. However even with the extension, the search revealed no sign of Brandon Lawson – no remains, no clothing, no wallet, no cell phone, and no keys.
- According to Brandon's wife, it should be noted that following this search a cell tower notating a "last ping" was approx. 3 miles away from the truck. In an area not yet searched.
Following a conversation with Sheriff McCutchen and Ranger Nick Hanna, the investigation will turn elsewhere and will not include any further searches unless new detailed information arises.
- The Sheriff and Ranger are both aware of the new details of the "last cell ping" being in an area further away.