Susanne Landgrebe said her 20-year-old son wanted to write a book about what it was like to travel off the grid.
He left his Iowa home six weeks ago without a cell phone and promised his mom he’d check in with her every two or three days.
“I’m always encouraging adventures or hiking the Appalachian Trail or whatever, but this was going into high risk behavior,” she said in an interview with a local television station in Iowa.
Daniel kept his word and stayed in contact with Susanne. He shared stories with her about his hitchhiking and train hopping adventures. Some experiences were good, others were bad, such as run-ins with freight train gangs.
Then communication stopped 12 days ago.
“It’s just totally out of character and I would just like help finding him,” she said.
Kadrie Swanson, a friend, said she dropped Daniel off at the Salt Lake City FrontRunner station on June 24.
Daniel planned to take the FrontRunner train to Ogden then board a Greyhound bus bound for Pocatello, Idaho. Daniel’s destination was Montana, but Susanne fears he never made it.
“What worries me the most is like I always have intuition about him, and I don't have... I just have fear now,” she said.
Susanne said she talked with police in Utah, Idaho and Montana. She said she also filed a national missing persons report.
“He would never do this,” she added. “He has no mental problems, he has no behavioral problems. He's never done any... he's a strong person. If someone sees him, he needs to just call and let his family know that he's ok.”
If anyone has seen Daniel Landgrebe call your local authorities.