Authorities say missing man Brendan John Boyd voluntarily left the country to work with a church in Mexico.
His missing person's case has been closed, a release from the College Station Police Department said Friday.
Boyd, a 24-year-old man with Abilene ties, had been missing since Christmas Day. He is a former Hendrick Home Boys Ranch resident, a 2007 graduate of Albany High School and a 2012 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University.
He grew up in the Abilene area and moved to College Station last fall.
Boyd was reported missing on Dec. 29 after failing to show up for work in College Station on Dec. 27.
Family and friends have said 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
Here's the news release from the College Station Police Department announcing Boyd being confirmed working at the church in Mexico:
On January 9, 2014, as part of this on-going investigation, the College Station Police Department received further information regarding this incident. Associates of Boyd, through the use of a Facebook page related to Boyd’s disappearance, received information from an individual who stated that Boyd was currently in Mexico working with a local church.
Contact was initiated with a representative of that church in the United States who verified that a person of the same name as the source of the information was affiliated with their church location in Mexico. A College Station Police investigator was able to speak to the individual who had claimed to have seen and gotten Boyd employment in Mexico, and he was identified as Christian Cruz. Cruz indicated to the investigator that he would re-contact Boyd to assist in efforts for authorities to verify Boyd’s welfare.
Late in the evening of January 9, 2014 a close friend who has known Boyd for several years received a phone call from Boyd stating that he was okay and in fact working in Mexico. The friend was requested to have Boyd himself contact authorities so that his welfare could be verified. Boyd later contacted Laredo Police Department and provided identifying information that verified who he was and that he was okay and working in Mexico. Cruz also provided photos of himself and Boyd that he reported were taken on January 9th.
Based on the totality of the circumstances, it is believed that Boyd has voluntarily left the country and is currently working in Mexico. He has been removed from law enforcement databases as a missing person and the investigation into his whereabouts is closed as of this time.
The College Station Police Department wishes to thank the Abilene Police Department, the Laredo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their invaluable assistance in this matter.