The Disapperance Brandon Swanson

Brandon Swanson

Brandon Swanson went missing on May 14, 2008, just outside of Lynd, Minnesota. He was 19 years old.

Brandon Swanson

At the time of his disappearance, Brandon was as a 19-year-old white male, 5’6″ tall and weighing 120 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, and was wearing glasses. His ears are pierced. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a nondescript T-shirt.

Brandon Swanson was born to Brian and Annette Swanson on January 30, 1989, in Marshall, MN. He graduated from Marshall Senior High School in 2007 and immediately enrolled in a one-year training program for Wind Turbines at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Canby, MN.

The Day Brandon Swanson Went Missing

On May 13, 2008, Brandon celebrated the end of the school year by attending two parties. The first was in Lynd, MN, approximately 7 miles from his home. The second was in Canby, MN, approximately 40 minutes from his home. Witnesses saw him at both parties. His friends at the individual parties had stated that Brandon was in good spirits. They stated that he had consumed minimal alcohol and was not intoxicated.

On his way home from the second party, Brandon slid his Chevy Lumina into a small roadside ditch and became stuck. At approximately 1:45 a.m., he called his parents to tell them what had happened and asked them to come pick him up. Brandon told his parents that he was halfway between Lynd and Marshall. Brian and Annette Swanson, Brandon’s parents, drove to the location Brandon had given them. When they arrived, they could not locate him. His father called his cell phone and spoke to Brandon. Brian flashed his vehicle lights and honked his horn while asking Brandon if he could see or hear them. Brandon stated he could not. Brian and Annette determined Brandon was not in the area that he thought he was, despite Brandon’s assurance that he was there.

Brian began driving toward where they thought he might be while Annette continued speaking to Brandon on the phone. The total length of the cell phone call was 47 minutes. At approximately 3:10 a.m. Brandon suddenly screamed, “Oh shit!” and the call abruptly ended. Brian repeatedly tried to call Brandon’s cell phone, but there was no answer.

Brian and Annette continued to search for Brandon and his Chevy Lumina but could not locate them. After 3 hours and 20 minutes of searching, Annette called the Lynd Police Department to explain what happened and report Brandon as a missing person. Initially, police did not consider Brandon missing as a serious event because he was considered an adult, but after a few hours, they became involved in the search efforts. They were able to ping Brandon’s last cell phone signal, which told them he was near the small town of Taunton, MN.

Brandon Swanson age progression - 30 years old

The Search for Brandon Swanson

On May 15, 2008, Brandon’s Chevy Lumina was discovered approximately 25 minutes from Lynd, MN, in the area of Taunton, MN, and nowhere near where Brandon had described. Emergency services consisting of the Lynd Police Department, the Minnesota State Police airplane with an infrared camera, and local K-9 units began their search of the area.

Lincoln County Sheriff, Jack Vizecky, stated that Brandon’s vehicle was off the side of a field approach road. He explained the vehicle was high-centered, meaning that the center of the vehicle was sitting on a slightly raised mound while the tires were high enough off the ground that they couldn’t get any traction. Sheriff Vizecky further stated that the vehicle’s doors were open, but the keys were missing.

Investigators could not determine which direction Brandon walked. However, the K-9 tracking dogs could pick up Brandon’s scent. The scent dogs lead investigators to a wooded area near the banks of the Yellow Medicine River. Initially, investigators developed a possible theory that Brandon had fallen into the river but after considerable searching the area and further downstream, no additional evidence was discovered, alluding to the possibility that Brandon did not drown by accidentally falling into the river. During this entire search of the area, the scent dogs continued to alert that human remains in the wooded area and surrounding fields. Investigators did not find any further evidence beyond the scent.

On October 17, 2015, investigators launched a renewed search effort, concentrating on the original area of fields where Brandon’s vehicle had been discovered in 2008. The K-9 search dogs immediately alerted to the same scent that they had years prior. This prompted The Texas EquuSearch team from Dickenson, TX to join the efforts. They deployed their remote-controlled aircraft and underwater sonar detection technology. Despite this concentration of technology and search efforts, no additional evidence was discovered.

Brandon’s Law is Signed by the Minnesota Governor

On May 7, 2009, Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty, signed into effect a law called Brandon’s Law. The new law updated the old one that had been in place for many years. Under Brandon’s Law, investigators are required to investigate immediately upon a missing person’s report being filed and targets anyone under the age of 21 in addition to older adults who are reported missing under suspicious circumstances.

The Brandon Swanson Remains Open

Brandon Swanson remains missing. Investigators ask that if you have any further information regarding the disappearance of Brandon Swanson, please contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 1-507-694-1664 and reference NCIC# M497324285

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