Search continues for man last seen at Buckeye job site nearly 3 weeks ago

Jul 12, 2021, 1:00 PM | Updated: 3:18 pm
Daniel Robinson and the blue 2017 Jeep Renegade he was driving when he was last seen on June 23, 20...
Daniel Robinson and the blue 2017 Jeep Renegade he was driving when he was last seen on June 23, 2021. (Buckeye Police Department Photos)
(Buckeye Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX – The search continues for a man who was last seen leaving a remote West Valley job site nearly three weeks ago, authorities said Monday.

Daniel Cornelius Robinson, 24, hasn’t been heard from since he drove west into a desert area near Sun Valley Parkway and Cactus Road in Buckeye on June 23, the Buckeye Police Department said in a press release.

Robinson, who works as a hydrogeologist for an engineering firm, is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He is missing his right hand and part of his forearm.

He was driving a blue 2017 Jeep Renegade with Arizona plate NLA2CMA.

Multiple air and ground searches have failed to turn up any sign of Robinson or his vehicle.

Police said they aren’t asking the public for help searching the desert area but want people to be alert if they are near there. Any community members planning to organize their own searches should be prepared to deal with extreme heat and difficult terrain, police said.

Robinson’s father traveled from South Carolina to Phoenix during the search and has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the costs of a private investigator, printing flyers, search team supplies and hotel expenses.

Here is the most recent available information about the search, taken directly from the Buckeye Police Department press release:

  • Officers contacted numerous friends and family to gather information about Daniel and where he may have gone.
  • A ping was established on his phone line but no location data was available due to the phone being off or out of range. Detectives obtained limited call detail records, and it did not appear that Daniel made any calls or texts after leaving the site.
  • 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.
  • Phoenix Firebird assisted BPD with a thorough area search in the days immediately after his disappearance but did not locate him or his vehicle.
  • BPD patrol officers and detectives equipped with 4×4 vehicles searched the area for several hours on multiple days.
  • Hospitals in the Valley have been checked, and he was placed in the national system as missing which would alert any law enforcement if his name or vehicle was run through it.
  • BPD detectives along with Daniel’s family worked to obtain phone and financial information but did not locate any information which would aid in locating him.
  • Daniel’s information has been disseminated all over the country to include local law enforcement, Arizona Game and Fish and the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Detectives placed flyers on many of the gate entrances to the desert area off of Sun Valley Parkway and contacted officials at Buckeye Airport to share the information with pilots who may be in the area.

Anybody with information about Robinson’s whereabouts was asked to call the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400.

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Search continues for man last seen at Buckeye job site nearly 3 weeks ago