HSU Graduate Still Missing, Public's Help Requested

Published 01/03 2014 09:32PM

Updated 01/03 2014 10:31PM

It's been eight days since anyone has seen or even heard from Brendan Boyd. The Albany High School graduate and Hardin Simmons University alumni was expected in Abilene for the Christmas holiday. Before leaving College Station, where he now lives, Boyd sent texts about his trip to co-workers.

But his friends and family in Abilene has yet to welcome him home.  Boyd was reported as missing to College Station police on December 29th. Those who know him are trying not to think the worst, but say it's unlike him to go this long without reaching out to family or friends.

They say at age 24-year-old, Boyd is determined, sociable and kind. People like HSU track coach, Rodney Smith says Brendan knows a lot of people and have made connections all over.

"He's a fun guy to have around," said Smith. "There was always something new and different with Brendan,  and we enjoyed having him with us."

From 2009 to 20011, the student athlete set records while running track at HSU.
It was during that time that Smith and his family became close to Boyd.

"He came from a background that had a lot of challenges, but he was pretty good about rising above it and just being a friend to everybody."

Smith learned this morning of Boyd's disappearance. He, along with others close to Boys, are beginning to worry for his safety.

"The word's getting out and people are really trying to figure out where he's at," said Nina Westfall, Boyd's former house mother.

Westfall serves as a 'house mother' at Hendrick Home for Children. She did the same for Boyd at Hendrick Ranch in Albany starting his sophomore year in high school.

"I can't imagine how it must be for parents who have given birth to a child and they are missing, because it hurts."

Westfall says whether you know Boyd by his first name or his middle name, John,
you'd agree it's out of character for him to simply disappear.

"No matter what he's done, just somebody, somewhere, call."

Boyd moved to college station to pursue his hopes of enrolling into graduate school there. The Abilene Police Department is working with police in College Station regarding Boyd's disappearance. We're told Boyd was last seen driving a charcoal 2007 Ford Mustang with a Texas A&M sticker on the back. The car's license plate number is B-C-B-3-4-6-6. The police ask if you have any information about his whereabouts, to give them a call.

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