Former KU running back Brandon Bourbon on missing persons list


Friends and teammates of former Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon (2010-14) have become concerned about Bourbon’s safety after attempts to reach his phone for the past two-plus days have been unsuccessful.

Monday afternoon, a missing persons report was filed with the Missouri State Highway Patrol that indicated Bourbon had not been heard from since 7:30 p.m. on April 2.

The former four-star prospect from Potosi, Mo., who came to Kansas after initially committing to Stanford, suffered through an injury-plagued five-year run at KU and finished his career at Washburn University in Topeka.

During a mid-February phone interview with the Journal-World, Bourbon sounded like his usual full-of-life self and expressed excitement about plans to start up a training business for young athletes in and around his hometown, similar to the one former KU running back Jake Sharp has started in Salina.

****MISSING PERSON**** Brandon Bourbon, 24 years of age, missing since April 2, 2016 from Washington County, MO. Ping...

Posted by Office of the Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman on Monday, April 4, 2016

Several friends, family members and former teammates took to social media on Monday to help locate Bourbon.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Ben Heeney sent out a handful of Tweets. Former KU wide receiver Josh Ford posted a message on Facebook that was shared by dozens of former Jayhawks. And Bourbon’s mother, Janet, posted the following on her personal Facebook account:

“Looking for my son Brandon K. Bourbon. He's not been heard from by anyone who knows him since Saturday evening. There is some incorrect information on Facebook that he was active a few hours ago. That (he) was on his computer. Please keep an eye out for him!”

According to a Tuesday update from The Associated Press, Washington County Sheriff's Capt. Zach Jacobsen said that Bourbon's family last saw him Saturday evening in the Potosi area, where his family lives. He says Bourbon's car, a silver minivan, is also missing, and that Bourbon's phone is off.

Jacobsen also said, since leaving college, Bourbon had been living in the Potosi area. He said authorities don't suspect foul play but are concerned because it's out of character for Bourbon to leave without contacting his family.

Anyone with information on Bourbon is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 573-438-5478.


Brett McCabe 5 years, 7 months ago

Sharing this story on my Facebook. Will help in any way I can - as will my wife and kids.

Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Matt.

Joe Ross 5 years, 7 months ago

Im sharing too. Praying for his safe return.

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 7 months ago

These moments put everything back into perspective. Prayers going up now.

Doug Cramer 5 years, 7 months ago

Weird that his phone was pinged in Maries County.

That's off the beaten path...just north of Rolla.

Matt - are there any other details ? Like is he expected to be in a certain vehicle or anything ?

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 7 months ago

All the details you are asking about are above, in the police report: Brandon is believed to be traveling in a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country van, silver in color. The van has KU Stickers on the back windows and has some minor body damage on the rear end from an accident. Plates on the van are custom tags "JR-JENA".

Doug Cramer 5 years, 7 months ago

Oh ok - didn't realize that was a link.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, and it's not a good one. He was found dead in Missouri. :,(

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