The search for a missing Texas State student resumed on Saturday after the flooding in Caldwell County, Texas, stopped. The student has been missing for roughly ten months.
According to KXAN, the Saturday search for Jason Landry involved the areas surrounding Salt Flat Road near Luling. More than 50 volunteers helped the Texas Search and Rescue (TSAR) and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The Salt Flat Road area is one of the many areas they were sweeping as part of the dozens of points of interest compiled in the case. Authorities used drone images, artificial intelligence, and information gathered during the previous searches to develop a total of 86 points of interest where they can potentially find Landry.
Latest Search Near Where Landry Was Last Seen
The latest search was near where 21-year-old Landry was seen. He disappeared in mid-December while on his way home to Missouri City, Texas. Authorities found his car abandoned and wrecked on Salt Flat Road. Inside the vehicle, authorities found Landry’s belongings, such as his cell phone and backpack.
Volunteers said the terrain near Salt Flat Road is difficult to navigate because the brush is thick there. Due to the same reason, it will also be difficult to see signs that Landry is nearby or had been there. The volunteers added it is more challenging to go through the terrain now because of the flooding that Hurricane Pamela caused.
Last Search For Landry Was In February
The last major search for Landry was in February. Around 100 volunteers came out to help and collect information during that time. The data from that major search is what helped the volunteers over the weekend.
New Search Will Use Artificial Intelligence
The new search for Landry will also involve artificial intelligence. According to ABC 13, newly derived maps will be used to search for him. ABC 13 quoted Matt Woodruff with TEXSAR, saying, “A lot of aerial imagery has been taken from drones. That imagery has been processed through an artificial intelligence system to identify shapes and colors consistent with possibly a missing person.”
Aside from artificial intelligence, search teams will also deploy K9s, horse-mounted search crews, and people on foot. They will visit all areas of interest.