BUCKEYE, Ariz. - Much has been made in recent weeks about the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito. In Arizona, however, there is a desperate, ongoing search for a man who vanished while out on a job site.
Daniel Robinson (Courtesy: David Robinson)
FOX 10 first reported on Daniel Robinson's disappearance in late June. According to Buckeye Police officials at the time, Robinson was last seen in the area of Sun Valley Parkway and Cactus Road on June 23.
Robinson is a geologist who often worked at remote sites. At the time of his disappearance, police officials said Robinson was driving a blue 2017 Jeep Renegade. That vehicle was later found crashed in a ravine on July 19. The vehicle had significant damage, and some personal items of Robinson were also found inside.
(Buckeye Police Department)
In late July, a human skull was found in an area south of where Robinson's vehicle was recovered, however, it was later determined that the human remains did not belong to Robinson.
"No additional human remains have been found, despite online reports claiming otherwise," police said in a statement on Sept. 16. "Other remains recovered during searches were determined to be animal bones.
On Sept. 30, Buckeye Police said they conducted more searches in the desert area where Robinson's vehicle was found. Police said they even used a robot equipped with a camera to search two mineshafts, with one of them being more than 75-feet deep.
"Investigators focused on locations where volunteer search crews reported their tracking dogs and previously alerted," police said in a statement. "Buckeye PD's follow up searches did not yield any evidence of Daniel."
On Sept. 30, Buckeye Police said they conducted more searches in the desert area where Daniel Robinson's vehicle was found. Police said the even used a robot equipped with a camera to search two mineshafts, with one of them being more than 75-feet de (Buckeye Police Department)
Father believes not enough has been done; police officials respond
Sept. 23 marked three months since Robinson disappeared. These three months have been agonizing for Robinson's father, David Robinson.
"I’m still not conceding that my son is not here anymore," said David.
David said the search for his son has garnered a lot more interest recently. He also said while there is finally some movement on his son’s case, he does not believe Buckeye Police is doing enough
"I don’t feel like they’re doing enough," said David. "When I got here, it took them three days to do the initial search for my son. That’s one day too late. A person should be looked for within that 24 to 48-hour period. Anything after that is problematic."
In response, Buckeye Police officials said they continue to exhaust every possible lead, and that the search remains ongoing.
"A dad’s trying to find his son, that’s the bottom line," said Buckeye Assistant Police Chief Bob Sanders. "We’ve tracked down every lead possible: the forensics, examined the phone. We retraced Daniel's whereabouts to a couple days prior to his disappearance. At this time, we have no proof or evidence anything criminal took place inside or outside the vehicle."
Buckeye police say they’re still collecting and looking into all tips they receive. Anyone with information are urged to call the department's non-emergency number at (623)349-6400.
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