Almost three months after his son Daniel Robinson was last seen departing from his worksite in Buckeye, Arizona, David Robinson is feeling a sense of comfort.
“In these three months my son is finally being heard; the story is finally being heard,” said David Robinson.
This was all due to a viral tweet following the reporting that law enforcement may have located the remains of 22-year-old Gabby Petito reminded the nation that Daniel Robinson had been missing since June 23. Daniel Robinson, 24-years-old, was last seen driving a blue 2017 Jeep Renegade away from his worksite in Buckeye. Since then, his father David and anywhere between 75 and 200 volunteers have searched every Saturday for the geologist.
On July 21, a rancher discovered the Jeep rolled over and on its side in a crevice on his property, police stated. The airbags in the vehicle were deployed and officials said evidence shows Robinson was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.
“Initially I was scared when I first got the call,” his David Robinson said. “We have the vehicle, but we don’t have my son.”
David Robinson hired accident reconstructionist and private investigator Jeff McGrath of 3 Laws Recon Investigations to piece together how Daniel's Jeep ended up on the ravine.
"This looked like a stage event to me. After the airbags came out, somebody turned that ignition over at least 46 more times," said McGrath. "There’s an additional 11 miles on the car so that tells me the car was driven around after the crash.”
The family also organized a Change.org petition titled Justice for Daniel Robinson asking for culpability with the Buckeye Police Department investigating his disappearance.
"From the first day that I arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, I have done more to find my son than the law enforcement agency, whose jurisdictional authority covers where he was last seen and where his vehicle was recovered," said David Robinson.
The petition has more than 40,000 signatures and is expanding in the count.
Buckeye police stated that preceding Daniel's Jeep being located, the department led a total of four ground hunts and two aerial hunts. They also conducted two more ground searches on July 21 after his vehicle was unearthed. The department said Maricopa County Search and Rescue also aided in searching for the missing geologist.
“It’s a national thing and it happened quickly," said David Robinson. "My first initial thought is family; think about the family going through the same thing I’m going through. There is a lot of people of color missing. Indian women for instance and you don’t hear anything about it and there’s a reason why.”
If you know of any information regarding Daniel's disappearance, call the Buckeye police at 623-349-6400.
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