Banners for missing Texas state student turned into purses to raise awareness

It’s been almost 21 months since Texas State student Jason Landry went missing on his way home to the Houston area from San Marcos.

Efforts to raise awareness of his disappearance continue through the work of Central Texas volunteers.

In November 2021, two banners were put up in Luling. However, the city only allowed them to be there for six months.


“So I thought, what about handbags?” said San Marcos resident Catherine Shellman, who helped erect the banners. “Why don’t we turn Jason’s banners into something people can be a part of?

Members of Post VFW Buda #12161 volunteered to turn the streamers into 50 bags.

“You know that old saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ well, it takes a whole community to bring one home,” Shellman said.

(VFW Buda Post #12161 Facebook)

Each bag is made with a different piece of one of the banners. Inside each bag is a missing flyer, a tag with the Attorney General’s number, and a letter from Jason’s mother, Lisa.

They ask for a donation ranging from $25 to $40 for each bag. The money raised will be used to continue efforts to find Jason.

Shellman said she was organizing another search in the Luling area later this month. She also said a cafe in San Marcos had offered fence space to install a new banner in the coming weeks.

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