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The father of a missing geologist continues to hold out hope of finding his son.
“I just keep my faith and my hope,” David Robinson II, father of Daniel Robinson, told an audience at CrimeCon 2022 during a Saturday evening panel in Las Vegas, entitled “A Father's Fight: David Robinson's Search for His Missing Son Daniel.”
Daniel, 24, was last seen at his job site in Buckeye, Arizona on June 23, 2021, driving his 2017 Jeep Renegade. That Jeep was found abandoned in a ravine in mid-July, the Arizona Republic reported. It had been badly damaged and its airbags had been deployed, Newsweek reported. Robinson’s clothing, cellphone, wallet and keys were found inside the Jeep but the geologist has yet to be found.
“Detectives learned from family, friends and co-workers that Daniel’s behavior in the days prior was not like himself at times but there is no indication that he wished to harm himself or leave the area,” the Buckeye Police Department stated last year.
Since he has vanished, David has advocated fiercely for his missing son, organizing search parties and putting pressure on the media and police.
David told author and podcast host Kate Winkler Dawson at Saturday’s panel that it took him two to three months to get any media attention last year. The news broke about Daniel’s vanishing after Gabby Petito’s disappearance went viral, prompting many to highlight how racial inequality affects how missing persons cases are treated.
“All I can tell you is I've been working very hard,” David told Dawson. He noted that while searching for his son in the desert, he and volunteers have come across at least two sets of human remains thus far, Rolling Stone reported in December. However, he has not found his son.
David said he will not give up on finding answers.
“He’s my son and I’m definitely not leaving him behind,” David said.
He said that anyone who would like to help can visit pleasehelpfinddaniel.com. He welcomes volunteers, donations and efforts to put pressure on officials.
“I know my child. I don't think he’d just take off like that,” he said.
CrimeCon 2022 is produced by Red Seat Ventures and presented by Oxygen.
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