Daniel Robinson, 24, has been missing for 3 months. He was last seen in Buckeye, Arizona. And his father, David Robinson II, has continued to search for him ever since he disappeared.
“It’s been tough. It’s been stressful. It feels really tiresome. But I’m holding up because I have to find my son,” David, 51, a retired combat engineer, told Insider.
David admits that he is frustrated with the progress made so far on his son’s case.
He informed the news outlet how he’s had to get through “brick wall after brick wall” in the search and feels that the police haven’t taken his son’s case as seriously as they take other cases.
Daniel, a field geologist who’s been working for Matrix New World Engineering, out of Phoenix, Arizona, for the last two years, was last seen on June 23 driving west from his workplace in a 2017 blue Jeep Renegade. And on July 19, police discovered the Jeep overturned and significantly damaged, with Daniel’s keys, wallet, and cell phone inside.
David said that he was informed of the crash 24 hours after the car was discovered, and that police suggested Daniel had “undressed himself totally and walked off naked in a desert to become a monk and join a monastery.”
To which Robinson replied, just couldn’t be true.
“My son would not have undressed himself despite what Buckeye has put out that my son was somehow depressed and may have decided to get away from his family because he don’t love us,” said Robinson.
On July 31, a human skull was found near the car, but police said revealed it did not belong to Daniel.
Law enforcement investigations have since stopped and, as a result, David hired a private investigator to assist with the case.
In the interim, he’s been staying at various hotels in Arizona, coordinating civilian searches at “ground zero” while supported by his GoFundMe page, which has raised $100,000 and counting. Over 200 volunteers from all over have also signed up to help.
“They don’t know Daniel at all. They don’t know me,” said David. “These are people who come out of their homes, and they spend a day, and they walk on the ground, something that the police department should be doing.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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