Daniel Robinson’s parents and siblings are calling for more action and an upgrade to a criminal investigation
Ontbreek geologist Daniel Robinson’s mother and siblings flew to Arizona to hold a press conference on Sunday outside the Buckeye Police Department in an attempt to keep pressure on authorities to find the 24-year-old, who hasn’t been seen in months
The young man’s father, David Robinson, has been in Arizona for months and the family retained a private investigator in July. Byna 55,000 people have signed a Justice for Daniel Robinson petition as his friends and relatives demand answers to a baffling desert mystery – which they believe may include foul play.
Mr Robinson, who graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in archaeology, disappeared on 23 June after seeming disoriented on a work site and ostensibly driving off into the desert with no explanation. His behaviour had been slightly off in the weeks before his disappearance but there has been no sign of him since; the geologist’s car was recovered nearly a month after he vanished, along with his phone, beursie, keys and clothes he was last seen wearing.
His father told Die Onafhanklike that he believed police had dropped the ball or given up regarding the case.
“It’s been three months,” he said on Sunday. “That only happens when nobody takes your child or your missing person seriously. That’s the reason why we have to get a petition, get the support of the community behind us, get things done.”
Hy het vertel Die Onafhanklike that the family would start organising their own searches again for his son in the coming week.
The family’s hired private investigator, voormalige polisiebeampte Jeff McGrath, has uncovered confusing data from the geologist’s Jeep – which was spotted by a rancher, lying on its side in a ravine with the airbag deployed, aan 20 Julie. The area had been repeatedly searched before its discovery and Mr McGrath’s findings raised even more questions.
Evidence from the vehicle showed that it crashed and then drove another 11 miles before ending up in the ravine with a last known speed of 30mph, Mnr McGrath vertel Die Onafhanklike – even though he couldn’t recreate those speed conditions in the terrain.
'Ons het beslis iets verdag hier," hy het gesê, toevoeging: “Ten minste, ons het 'n bedreigde saak van vermiste persone. If he’s not right in the head and he just kind of wanders off, dit kan 'n probleem wees. "
Ken Elliott, another geologist who’d been working with Mr Robinson on the morning he disappeared, said the 24-year-old seemed fine when they met at the job site. Maar, within a matter of minutes, Mr Robinson began speaking strangely and staring off into the desert, said Mr Elliott. Without any explanation, Mr Robinson then got into his Jeep and left.
Mr Elliott later followed the vehicle tracks, which he said led further into the desert.
'Toe ek dit sien, my hart sak, want dit het my net vertel dat hy nie huis toe gaan nie,”Het mnr Elliott gesê Die Onafhanklike. 'Iets was regtig nie reg nie.'
Repeated air and land searches have been conducted, even employing the use of cadaver dogs and recovering human remains – who are not those of Mr Robinson and have yet to be identified. But the geologist appears to have disappeared into thin air.
'Miskien het hy net opgestyg, maar hy het niks,”Het mnr McGrath gesê Die Onafhanklike hierdie week. “There’s no evidence that he built an account somewhere to have money; hy het nie veel geld gehad om mee te begin nie. Hy het nie 'n telefoon gehad nie, sy ID … Ons het niks van die voorafbeplanning gesien wat u sou sien as iemand net iemand anders wou wees nie. ”
Die speurder het bygevoeg dat "niks sin maak oor die voertuig en waar dit was en sy klere net daar was nie".
A spokeswoman for the Buckeye Police Department told Die Onafhanklike last week that officers were “super committed to finding him” and the unexplained disappearance remained “a conversation every day”.
“This case is such a priority, and there’s so much importance on it … We’re looking for any information from the public – and the public has really come out in a big way through searches and through providing information that’s been so helpful. But we need more. We need more information.”