Brian Thomas Vargo
Vargo, approximately 1976; Age when reported missing: 66 (approximately 2021)
Date reported missing : 03/09/1976
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/08/1955 (65)
Age at the time of disappearance: 20 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Vargo has a chipped front tooth.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Vargo was last seen in March 1976. He had been an engineering major at the University of Texas at Austin, but withdrew from college on March 9 and drove to Colorado. While he was in Colorado, his Mazda broke down. He traveled to his parents' home in Houston, Texas to pick up the vehicle's title, as he planned to sell it. His mother dropped him off at the bus station in Houston. He has never been heard from again, but when his family checked his Austin apartment, they found his wallet and other belongings, suggesting he did make it back there.
Vargo's family believed he had returned to school, and some time passed before they were notified that he hadn't attended class or been at his apartment and they needed to come to Austin to collect his belongings. They were advised against filing a missing persons report and they initially believed he would come back on his own someday, but he never did. Vargo was not reported missing until 2021, 45 years after he was last seen.
Austin police are investigating Vargo's case. There has been no activity on his Social Security number since 1976. At the time of his disappearance, he did not drink alcohol and only smoked marijuana occasionally. His case remains unsolved.
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Austin Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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