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Human Remains Discovered During Search For Missing Geologist Daniel Robinson, But Family Doesn't Believe They're His
Daniel Robinson went missing in June after leaving a remote job site in Buckeye, Arizona.
Human remains were discovered during a search for missing geologist Daniel Robinson in Arizona, but his family has insisted they do not belong to him.
Robinson’s father, David Robinson, said in a video message on the Twitter account “Please Help Find Daniel” that a search party discovered the remains Saturday morning along Sun Valley Parkway during their latest search for Daniel. He appeared alongside a private investigator.
Although David said he was hopeful the discovery would be “bringing some closure to another grieving family,” he insisted the remains did not belong to his son.
“The human remains is not Daniel,” David wrote in the message. “I will continue my searches for my son.”
Carissa Planalp, public information officer with the Buckeye Police Department, confirmed to Oxygen.com that police were called Saturday to investigate human remains and “other evidence” found near the mile post 113 along Sun Valley Parkway.
According to Planalp, investigators are waiting on DNA testing for official identification of the remains.
The team searching for Daniel reportedly doesn’t believe the remains belong to the missing 24-year-old because of some of the evidence found near the discovery, KSAZ-TV reports.
Private investigator Jeff McGrath described the remains found to the news outlet as a vertebrae, two femur bones and two sides of a pelvis.
Robinson disappeared on June 23 after leaving a remote job site near Buckeye.
His blue 2017 Jeep Renegade was discovered in a ravine about three miles from the site in July. Although Daniel’s personal belongings, including his clothes, boots, phone, wallet and keys were found inside the vehicle, there was no sign of him.
Buckeye Police released a statement earlier this month that said a company that processed the crash site produced a collision report that concluded Daniel had been involved in a rollover crash due to the significant damage to the vehicle.
According to the report, they also believe Daniel accelerated his speed right before the impact. This finding could be suggestive of him trying to drive up the other side of the ravine, authorities said.
"More than 40 ignition cycles were recorded after the crash. This could be due to driver attempts to restart the vehicle or use the electrical systems. It’s unclear how many cycles occurred during tow recovery and when investigators downloaded data," Buckeye Police said, according to KSAZ-TV.
Shortly before he disappeared, Daniel had been texting a woman named Katelyn who he met through a side job delivering food, News Nation reported last month, citing police records.
Although the woman had reportedly invited him in and exchanged phone numbers with him, in later text messages she asked him to “please leave me alone” after he allegedly started showing up unannounced at her home.
“Honestly you showing up at my house unannounced made me extremely uncomfortable,” she wrote on June 20. “I will not be home today but I don’t see us hanging out any time soon.”
Daniel had reportedly professed his love for the woman, but his feelings were not reciprocated.
In a final text message sent to her on June 22 he allegedly wrote: “The world can get better, but I’ll have to take all the time I can or we can, whatever to name it. I’ll either see you again or never see you again.”
Daniel’s friends, family and coworkers have told investigators that they don’t believe he had been suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
His father, David, remains committed to trying to find his son.