CANADIAN, TX - After eight months of searching, the family of a missing Canadian teen asked local officials to hand over the case to the Texas Rangers
After an evening with friends, Thomas Brown, 18, went missing the night of November 23, 2016, in Canadian. Brown was due home at midnight but never made it.
Brown's car was found in a remote area near Canadian the morning of his disappearance. Then in January, Brown's backpack was found near a road outside of Canadian.
Brown's cell phone has not been recovered, and records show the phone has not received calls or texts since the night he went missing.
Thursday at a press conference, Brown's family publicly thanked law enforcement involved in this case.
Penny Meek, Brown's mother said the family is frustrated and she said it’s time to turn the investigation over to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers.
“I have asked the sheriff to go ahead and turn over to the state now rather than wait,” said Meek. “We know that these are uncharted waters and that everyone involved has to the best of their ability worked to find answers.”
Hemphill County Sheriff Nathan Lewis said he does not yet consider this a cold case.
There is a $40,000 reward for information leading to finding Brown.
Anyone with information can contact the following agencies:
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - 800-843-5678
- Texas Missing Person's Clearinghouse at Texas DPS - 800-346-3243
- Texas Rangers - 806-665-7168
- Hemphill County Sheriff's Office - 806-323-5234
- Klein Investigators - 409-729-8798
(Original article from myhighplains.com)