Thomas Kelly Brown

Brown, circa 2016; Brown's SUV

  • Missing Since 11/23/2016
  • Missing From Canadian, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 09/13/1998 (20)
  • Age 18 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0, 175 - 195 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A black Canadian Wildcats t-shirt, a black pullover windbreaker with an orange Oklahoma State University Cowboys logo on the left side of the chest, faded blue Buckle jeans, gray and black Under Armour sneakers, and possibly an orange beanie cap.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Brown has dimples in his cheeks that show when he smiles. He wears prescription eyeglasses. His nickname is Tom.

Details of Disappearance

Brown was last seen in Canadian, Texas on November 23, 2016. He spent the evening out with two friends; they stated he was behaving normally. His friends dropped him off in the parking lot of the Canadian High School football field, where his red 2009 Dodge Durango SUV was parked. Brown was last seen buying gas at Fronk's Oil and Gas on 2nd Street at 11:36 p.m. His curfew was midnight and he was rarely late.

At 12:03 a.m., Brown's brother texted him to ask where he was. The message was never read, and Brown's cellular phone sent its last ping at 12:10 a.m., in the area of the school football field parking lot. The phone was turned off at 12:22 a.m. Brown has never been heard from again. His parents called 911 to report his disappearance at 1:30 a.m., and the police began searching around the city.

At 8:45 a.m. on November 24, a search helicopter located Brown's SUV parked under some trees at a wastewater treatment plant on Complex Road. His wallet, keys, laptop computer and cellular phone were missing. There was a small stain of fresh blood, later identified as Brown's, on the driver's side door, and a .25 caliber shell casing was present.

Surveillance video of the area showed the vehicle had been left there at 6:50 a.m., but the driver could not be identified. A photo of the SUV is posted with this case summary. Tracker dogs followed Brown's scent from the vehicle for three-quarters of a mile east and southeast before they lost the trail.

In late January 2017, Brown's backpack was found in a wooded area four miles from where his SUV had been left. It was in some brush on the ground off FM Road 2266, known as Lake Marvin Road. It contained his schoolbooks and laptop. Authorities stated the backpack was wet, dirty and appeared to have been in that location for months, and one set of indistinguishable footprints led up to where it lay. A forensic analysis of the laptop computer related only school-related information on it.

Brown was a senior at Canadian High School at the time of his disappearance; he was the student body president and got good grades. He had previously played football for his school and he was active in its drama department, as well as community theater. He dreamed of becoming a sports journalist. He was well-liked by his friends and classmates and had no known enemies, and he had a girlfriend who was in college.

Since Brown's disappearance, he hasn't accessed his bank accounts or used his credit cards, cellular phone, or social media or email accounts. Police can find no evidence that he was suicidal or that he had a secret life. Investigators and his family believe he did not leave of his own accord and may be in danger. His case remains unsolved.

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 9, 2018; details of disappearance updated.