The Mysterious Disappearance of Brandon Swanson, The Minnesota College Student

Nearly 15 years later, the Minnesota college student’s disappearance continues to fascinate true-crime sleuths.

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Nearly 15 years after he mysteriously vanished, the story of Minnesota college student Brandon Swanson continues to fascinate true-crime sleuths. A new story about Swanson, published on, is sparking renewed interest in the case of his disappearance.

Who Was Brandon Swanson?

Brandon Swanson was reportedly born in January 1989 and attended Minnesota West Community and Technical College. He apparently disappeared on May 14, 2008, after celebrating the end of classes for that year with his friends, according to CNN.

At the time Swanson was last seen, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 125 pounds, and wore blue jeans and a short-sleeve white shirt.

What Happened to Him?

Swanson allegedly drove his green Chevy Lumina sedan into a ditch in Lynd, Minnesota — a town near the college he attended.

He subsequently called his parents, asking them to pick him up.

They apparently left their house in Marshall, which was only 10 minutes from where Brandon Swanson’s vehicle was located.

His parents even stayed on the phone while they went to get him, but they apparently couldn’t find each other. After exchanging more phone calls, both parties became frustrated, and Brandon Swanson’s phone eventually went dead around 2 a.m.

“We called at least five or six more times,” his father allegedly said. “He never picked up the phone again.”

Police later traced the college student’s phone calls to another area 25 miles from where he said he was. They reportedly found his car near a river, and his body was never found.

Brandon Swanson’s Legacy

The disappearance of Brandon Swanson led to the creation of Brandon’s Law, which went into effect in Minnesota in July 2009, according to CNN.

Per the law, when authorities get a report about a missing person, they must promptly start a preliminary investigation, CNN reported.

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