It's a chilling and partially inaudible 911 call, and one of only a few clues: In the wee hours of Aug. 9, 2013, Brandon Lawson ran out of gas. The Houston Chronicle reports he was along Highway 277 near Bronte, Texas, and he started walking north. Then, at 1:20am, came the 911 call, the last time Lawson was ever heard from. NBC DFW has portions of the transcript: "Yes I'm in the middle of a field (inaudible) pushed some guys over, right here going towards Abilene, on both sides. My truck ran out of gas, there's one car here, the guy's chasing (inaudible) to the woods, please hurry!" The dispatcher asks if an ambulance is needed. The last thing the 26-year-old father of four says: "No I need the cops."
A website set up about the disappearance explains Lawson had left his San Angelo home minutes before midnight and later called his brother asking for gas. His truck—keys and phone removed—was found undamaged. As father Brad Lawson puts it to NBC DFW, "His cell phone battery dies so he had no flashlight, it's rocky cactus terrain out there, if he had fell down or something we would have found him in a search." But there's been no sign of him. In a press release issued in 2014, the president of LostNMissing, a nonprofit helping Lawson’s family, said "we also believe there is a second voice on the 911 tape and if that proves to be correct, that person has knowledge as to what has happened." Law enforcement has never confirmed this. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (325) 658-HELP. (The search continues for a young Michigan woman who vanished.)