Lowery, who would be 33, has been missing since Jan. 9, 2002. Lawmen don’t know what happened to him. The few leads they have received have led nowhere.

Lowery’s parents, Wesley and Janet Lowery, think he is dead.

Lowery had a liver transplant Sept. 15, 2001. His parents say he could not have survived for more than a week without medication. Lowery took more than a dozen anti-rejection drugs each day.

The Lowerys live in a three-bedroom, brick house on Russ Road. The house is near the U.S. 301 overpass at Interstate 95, about four miles north of Lumberton. Traffic zooming by on the interstate is easily visible from their front yard.

Things have not been the same for the Lowerys since Brian’s disappearance. The house is quieter. There is no loud music; no sputtering resonation from the Yamaha scooter that he drove.

Life is sometimes difficult because the Lowerys don’t know what happened. And while they try not to dwell on their son’s disappearance, they would like to know where he is.

“If I would think about it, I would go crazy,” Janet Lowery said. “I don’t think about it. Working helps me.”

Her husband isn’t as lucky.

Wesley Lowery is retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation. He was home the day his son disappeared.

Brian Lowery was supposed to drive a tractor to his cousin’s house across the street. Three hours later, when Brian hadn’t returned, his father began to search. He hasn’t stopped.

“I try not to think about it,” Wesley Lowery said. “Every morning I get up I think of him. If I look down the hallway, I look for him to be walking out of his room.”

Wesley Lowery has searched the woods near his home many times looking for his son. So has Brian’s brother, Michael.

They have found nothing.

The night Brian Lowery was reported missing, police searched the woods on foot, by helicopter and with cadaver dogs. They found nothing.

And since then, nobody has reported seeing Brian Lowery.

Compact discs recorded by newer artists such as Alan Jackson and Leann Rimes rest on the CD player Lowery’s mother bought him for Christmas — about two weeks before he disappeared.

In the living room is a picture of Brian Lowery in a miniature frame with the caption, “Someone’s Watching Over Me.”

Brian Lowery graduated from Magnolia High School in 1990, the year his liver trouble was diagnosed. Nearly 12 years of painful treatments and surgeries followed.

In 2001, a donor was found.

Wesley Lowery remembers the phone call as if it was yesterday.

A Duke University Medical Center nurse called about 11 p.m. Sept. 14 and left a message saying that a donor liver had been located. The family took Brian to the hospital for the transplant the following morning.

All the Lowerys know about the liver donor is that he was an Indian from the North Carolina mountains. They don’t know his name or what happened to him.

Brian stayed in the hospital for a week after surgery.

He and his family stayed at a motel near the hospital for another week while he recovered.

They wanted to be nearby in case Brian’s body rejected the new liver.

Two months after arriving home, Brian was becoming more active. He would sit on the back steps and play with his dogs.

Smokey, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd was especially fond of Brian.

“(Smokey) loved him to death,” Wesley Lowery said. “Brian would sit there and comb that dog’s hair.”

Brian Lowery is listed as a missing person in the National Criminal Information Center network.

Donnie Beck, Lowery’s cousin, told investigators that he and Lowery talked for a few minutes after Lowery dropped off the tractor. Beck said Lowery started walking home about 3 p.m.

Neighbors told the Sheriff’s Office that they saw Lowery standing near his mailbox about that time.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Capt. Randal Patterson said there is no evidence of foul play.

“All the leads we came up with have come to a dead end,” he said. “Right now we have no leads at all. I feel like somebody out there knows something. Anybody with information needs to come forward.”

Detective Deryl Little is investigating Lowery’s disappearance. Little says he has exhausted his leads. He has theories about what might have happened, but no evidence.

“I believe he may have gotten in the car with someone and something may have happened to him because of his medical condition,” Little said. “That person may have been scared to come forward.”

Anyone with information about Lowery’s disappearance should call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3100 or the St. Pauls Police Department Crimestoppers at (910) 865-8477. Calls will be kept confidential.

Lowery is an Indian. He is about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has short, straight brown hair, blue eyes and a large scar across his abdomen.