AZ AZ - James Daniels Jr, 42, from WY, moving friend w/refrig trk b/w Kingman & Wickenburg 21 Aug 2021

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  1. Advocate4

    Advocate4 Well-Known Member

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    There are no mountains in AZ93 between milepost 144 and Wickenburg, or between Wickenburg and Phoenix (assuming he drove 60 between Wick and PHX which is the usual route if he was coming down 93 to Wick). The roadways traverse flat land. So this part of his story is bogus if he was in fact on 93.

    That week was very hot in that area of AZ. Highs ranging around 107. If there was no AC in the driver's cab of the truck, or if JD sat in the cab with the engine and AC off to save gas, he could have become dehydrated and disoriented by the heat. If he wandered away from the truck and the highway in that condition, he could have collapsed out in the brush and not survived.

    If the truck was stopped near milepost 144, there is a campground called Burro Creek at about milepost 141 -- within walking distance. Might contact management there to find out if anyone there has any knowledge or info.
     
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  2. Helloyou

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    Was there any communication from James Daniels to anyone during the period he was left with the trailer?

    If the friend’s cell phone was smashed how was he communicating with the other friend and the daughter that he was going to be late?

    Has he offered any explanation for the broken foot?
     
  3. penelopemcswain

    penelopemcswain Well-Known Member

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    @GonzoGirl5 how’s it going? Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help with the search
     
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  4. amoreau25

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    Highway 93 is a good cut over from Interstate 15. Highway 93 cuts the need to go in to Los Angeles in the Inland empire to reach the 10 freeway. when I moved to Phoenix a few years ago from the California high desert I took 93 in a U-Haul to avoid the spaghetti bowl that is the 215 the 15 and a 10 interchange around Pomona and Ontario California.

    If they were coming from Lake Tahoe they would’ve taken US 395 to Highway 58 to the 15 and then to the 40 in Barstow.. once in Kingman you would take 93 on a diagonal down into the Phoenix metro to connect to the 10 freeway which would’ve taken them east to Mississippi.
     
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    GG a quick question that perhaps someone already asked and you’ve answered. My sincerest apology if that’s the case.
    You said you found the truck by using the VIN. how did you get the VIN? Thank you and best of luck.
     
  6. llcr

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    The dog is a female Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Female, white and brown.[​IMG]
     
  7. GonzoGirl5

    GonzoGirl5 Verified Insider - James Daniels Jr discussion

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    Totally realize the route they could have taken but it isn't the route they should have taken. Also, in an earlier thread I believe it was where I stated that he was layer back up on I40 at Holbrook where he sold some of his belongings to a pawn shop and then again on I40 in New Mexico Moriarty I believe was the name. So the 93 remains completely senseless. The person he stayed with in Phoenix was the daughter of a friend of ours. He did not intend to go there. He was communicating with this friend during the incident and out of concern for him offered for him to go there to get some rest and regroup. It was never a plan and he showed up a day after he said he was going to. So I hope that adds some clarification for you.
     
  8. GonzoGirl5

    GonzoGirl5 Verified Insider - James Daniels Jr discussion

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    Exactly my thoughts on the mountain nonsense. I've been through there QUOTE a few times. I have not been previously aware of the campground you mentioned. I am going to give that a shot. Thank you. That is very very useful. Also, I do fear the collapse in tbe desert thing. However; the Sheriff's department has flown a drone over the entire area in question and have not come up with anything unfortunately. So that was a bummer. Sort of. At least he hadn't succumbed to the desert heat. Though the person who called the truck in reported there being a male in the road disoriented. When the trooper arrived there was nobody there. Only the dog. Wtf......ugh. this is getting so hard and very depressing.
     
  9. GonzoGirl5

    GonzoGirl5 Verified Insider - James Daniels Jr discussion

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    Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to look around the web for him. I know that they finally got him up in Arizona on Facebook. I've been contacting the news stations about him trying to get them to run his missing person's flyer and only one has gotten back to me. I thought they might grab it up with the whole connection to Teton County. But not so much. It's hard feeling so helpless and like the people who should care and should be looking for him just don't and aren't. Very sad times we live in. I sincerely hope I never go missing. Jeez.
     
  10. GonzoGirl5

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    Yes. I have shared all of these messages and all of this info with the appropriate channels. It doesn't seem to make a difference. When to me it seems REALLY obvious that something isn't fitting. Like ALL of it. It is all i can do to not go to Mississippi myself and get the answers and look him in the face when I ask so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is full of it. Thanks for seeing what I see.
     
  11. investikater

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    @GonzoGirl5 @llcr & @ everyone

    has anyone been working on the dog angle? she's got some distinctive markings. Have local shelters and rescues been contacted? Has a lost dog campaign on and off line been created?
     
  12. swanniee11

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    I have go back to reread this and refresh my memory. The trooper said he saw a disoriented man and the dog ran into the woods. Did the trooper see the dog run into the woods or is that what the man said?
     
  13. llcr

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    The trooper saw the dog and tried to get her but she ran off into the desert. Looking at the road from Google Earth, it doesn't look as if there's any 'woods' around that area. :(
     
  14. investikater

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    Is there anyone reading this in the area who has a dog who likes other dogs and would (following searching and desert-hiking safety guidelines and common sense please (we don't want to have to make a thread here for you!)) be willing to do some dog walks in the area the trooper sighted them?

    Dogs can find other dogs.
    And they do not have to be specially trained search dogs. Just ordinary dogs can do this.

    One example that comes to mind;

    Community rallies to find missing dog belonging to couple killed by car :


    'A very true hero in a very sad story': Kelpie sniffed out lost dog after owners' tragic death :

     
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    PHOTOS: Wyoming launches new missing persons database, listing 71 cases dating back to 1974

    Missing Person, August 21, 2021, Teton County, Wyoming: James Daniels Jr, 43, was last seen on August 21, 2021 in Teton County, Wyoming. He is a black male, approximately 5’11”, 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. James has a tattoo on his back that says “Daniels.” He is known to wear kilts frequently and to drive a white box truck with no plates that says “Liberty Distribution” on the sides and “Got Milk” on the back. Anyone with information or contact with James is requested to call the Teton County Sheriff’s Department at (307) 733-2331 or the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation at (307) 777-7181.
     
  17. Peppermint Patty

    Peppermint Patty Well-Known Member

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    Hi there! I just found this case last evening when I did a filter for AZ missing persons. I'm very familiar with this state as I've lived here for 30+ years and have traveled all over it. I also have started searching lost dog groups on fb and have request to join a few others. I'll update if I am able to find anything or not.

    In regards to last known area of James, the dog and truck, there is a very small town 'nearby'. Bagdad. I need to gather some thoughts and will post more on this soon.

    I do agree with another poster about the heat. He very well could have been suffering from heat stroke. What I don't understand is why he wouldn't have flagged someone down or called for help. 93 is a very well traveled hwy as it is the main road to get to and from vegas from phoenix and vice versa. The desolate appearance is not an accurate depiction of usage. Weekends and holiday's are even busier.
     
  18. legalmomma

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    Just finding this thread and a few questions. His last fb post said “See you monkeys” with a goodbye America video. Was that a sign he was leaving USA heading to maybe Mexico?

    Also I don’t understand that LE said they saw “a man” that was disoriented (had to be JD) and there is no further info on where/what happened at that point ?? Where is that police report? I think more information will be found talking to LE that made that stop. If the semi was impounded then JD must have been one of:
    1. Arrested
    2. Driven somewhere
    3. Left there
    4. Detained

    Mind boggling that more info can’t be found from that.
     
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  20. Peppermint Patty

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    Just a couple of comments. I'm waiting on being approved for an AZ group for lost dogs that seems to encompass the state. There could be a small chance that someone might have picked her up. With that said, I do think it's a very slim possibility. After sharing this case with my mom who also has traveled all around the state and still does from time to time, she told me that when she was driving in that area, she did see a mountain lion in the road. I had forgotten that we do have them out in areas like this around our state. So, the dog could have succumbed to dehydration or what I just mentioned. I will still try to look for any posts that indicate she was found by someone.

    edited for a typo
     

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