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Father desperate to find son who disappeared in Arizona desert nearly a year ago


LAS VEGAS — David Robinson is desperate to find his son who vanished nearly a year ago.

Geologist Daniel Robinson, 25, was working on a well in a remote area of the desert near Buckeye, Arizona when he disappeared on June 23, 2021. He was with one other person but at the end of their shift, Daniel drove off and has not been seen since.

“His vehicle showed up almost 30 days later three miles away from that well site in a ravine,” David Robinson tells “Everything on his body – underwear, clothes – was on the ground in a pile but there was no Daniel.”

Daniel’s phone was also with the 2017 blue-grey Jeep Renegade and Robinson says a private investigator he’s hired believes the scene may have been staged.

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The worried father presented at CrimeCon last weekend in Las Vegas in an effort to raise awareness about his missing son. He told it is completely out of character for Daniel to vanish without a trace. He always has communicated with family members about his travel plans and was looking forward to being with them just a few weeks later.

“He had no signs of mental illness and for him not to keep in touch – that’s not Daniel,” Robinson says. “Every day it’s like starting over. The pain keeps going on and on and we don’t have answers or know what happened.”

Daniel’s family celebrated his 25th birthday without him on January 25. He was born without a right hand but Robinson says that never stopped him from excelling. Daniel learned to play the french horn, trumpet and trombone. He graduated with honors, founded a fraternity and loved his work as a geologist.

A website has been created to bring Daniel home and a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to his whereabouts. You can learn more about the case here.

“He knows I’ll never give up on him. I’m here and I love him. His family loves him and I will not give up. We will keep on trying to find him,” Robinson says.

Watch our full interview with Robinson in the video player above.


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