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Photo shows missing Abilene man in Laredo convenience store

Published On: Jan 08 2014 04:25:32 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 01:42:44 PM CST
Brendan Boyd surveillance photo
ABILENE, Texas -

A photo from surveillance video inside a Shell convenience store in Laredo apparently shows missing Abilene man Brendan John Boyd.

The still footage was taken at approximately 9:15 p.m. Dec. 25.

Boyd, a 24-year-old graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, was reported missing on Dec. 29 after failing to show up for work in College Station on Dec. 27.

Family and friends say Boyd was working and living in the College Station area but sent a text message to friends saying he was heading home to Abilene for the holidays. That was Christmas Day.

Albert Escobedo, a spokesman for the Laredo Police Department, confirmed Boyd left his 2007 Mustang running while he went into the convenience store.

Escobedo said the next step is to try to get bridge surveillance footage to determine if Boyd crossed into Mexico. He said that will be tricky and time consuming and that there’s no information to suggest Boyd  left his vehicle and got into another one.

Escobedo couldn’t speculate whether Boyd’s in danger, but did say it appears that he is not under any duress in the surveillance picture.

Meanwhile, authorities are going to do forensics testing of Boyd’s abandoned 2007 Mustang, according to the wrecking company that impounded the vehicle.

The vehicle was found abandoned Monday in Laredo, a city of 236,000 located near the United States-Mexican border.

A Martinez Wrecker Services employee said authorities were coming out to do forensics testing on the vehicle, but would not comment on when.