Brandon Bourbon has been missing since April 2 and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department has been actively following leads on the Potosi man.

Washington County Sheriff’s Department Captain Zach Jacobsen said they have had a few sightings here and there but nothing really solid. He added they have reached out to some federal agencies that are intelligence agencies who can give them some information based on the phone data they are now able to retrieve.

“They can tell us where the phone has been and where it has received messages,” said Jacobsen. “The phone received two messages Tuesday according to the phone bill. We have no idea if those messages have been read, but the phone bill suggests the messages were received by the phone.”

Jacobsen said it indicates the phone was turned on, but they still have to get the information on where the phone was on at. He said they are able to get the cell tower data.

“There was a local sighting Wednesday morning, but we haven’t been able to verify it was in fact him,” said Jacobsen. “We don’t have a lot to go on, but we have had sightings at the Kansas border and we have had sightings in Tennessee now.”

Jacobsen said it really got out in the media, but now they are being bombarded with potential sightings that may or may not be accurate.

“We are sending people to those areas to search those areas,” said Jacobsen. “We are doing a lot and we are absolutely following every lead we get. It is very tasking and tough.”

Bourbon, 24, was last known to be on his way to church in St. Francois County on April 2 and he also had plans with family. Jacobsen said he never made it his destination and hadn’t been heard from since.

Bourbon’s phone started pinging in Steelville and then on its way up to Maries County, up in that area and back toward Kansas City where he went to college and played football.

Jacobsen added Bourbon is a very well-known and well-liked kid in this community. A lot of the deputies were close friends with him, so they are taking it kind of personal.

Bourbon drives a silver Chrysler minivan with a Missouri personalized plate of RJ-JENA. Jacobsen said they are exhausting every lead at this point and any information they have is immediately looked into, but it has turned up nothing at this point.

Anyone with any information is asked to call central dispatch at 573-438-1079.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or