Geologist Last Seen Leaving Remote Desert Worksite Remains Missing

Daniel Robinson’s Jeep was found crashed in a ravine with his wallet and keys still inside.

Daniel Robinson wears a plaid shirt and pink pants standing in front of the Grand Canyon

24-year-old Daniel Robinson

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By: Aaron Rasmussen

A geologist from Phoenix was last seen alive in late June 2021 leaving a remote worksite in Arizona, and his worried family are still searching for answers.

On Oct. 13, 2021, David Robinson and Melissa Edmonds discussed the missing person’s case of their son, 24-year-old Daniel Robinson, on Red Table Talk. “We want to talk to him. We want to hug him,” Melissa said on the Facebook Watch series, calling Daniel her “hero.”

According to David, he became concerned when his daughter called him to tell him a colleague couldn’t find or get in touch with Daniel.

"I just knew immediately that things wasn't right, because Daniel, he would never, ever, ever not answer his phone, first of all, and the second thing is not tell us where he is going,” David said.

The worried father moved from South Carolina to Arizona to search for his son days later — and he hasn’t left since.

According to the Buckeye Police Department, Daniel, who officials noted is missing his right hand and forearm, was last seen alive around 9:15 a.m. on June 23 driving west into the desert from his job site near Sun Valley Parkway in a 2017 Jeep Renegade.

On July 19, KTAR-FM reported, a rancher found Daniel’s overturned Jeep in a ravine in an area around four miles southwest of where the geologist was working prior to going missing. The airbags had deployed and, police said, Daniel appeared to have been wearing his seatbelt. His keys and wallet were still in the vehicle.

Police and law enforcement agencies have reportedly searched over 70 square miles for Robinson, using everything from helicopters and drones to off-road vehicles and cadaver dogs.

“We’re following every lead, everything,” David told KTAR on September 30. “Nothing’s off the table.”

“I’m going to continue believing,” David said. “I don’t have anything to indicate that my son is out there walking somewhere. But you know what? I’m still keeping my faith.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Buckeye Police tip line at 623-349-6411.

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