was a popular, athletic, determined teenager who died unexpectedly
at the age of 17. His death has never been explained and those who
loved him live without answers, without closure, without the
chance to say good-bye. He disappeared on Saturday, October 24,
1998 after he ran away from home that afternoon. He was seen once,
at a local grocery store, at 7:00pm that evening. He was never
seen again. He's shirtless body was found in a remote area of a
local corn field 11 days later, a ligature mark around the neck
and some type of tracks across the chest. The cause of death was
asphyxiation. Beyond that we know almost nothing.
Danny was a
lifelong extremist, fun-loving and witty, quietly willful. He
didn't mind breaking rules, and he thought that he was
invulnerable to harm. He enjoyed playing almost all types of
sports and he wrestled on the varsity team, earning his letter and
the title "Most Improved Wrestler" his sophomore year.
He was very competitive. He wasn't strong academically, although
he could have been. He was intelligent, but school was not a high
Danny was a
very loyal person; he would take the blame for an infraction
before he'd tell on a friend. He touched so many people in his
short life and no one knows who would want to kill him.
involved in some areas he should have avoided. In the toxicology
report after his death, it was noted that he had a trace amount of
LSD in his system. Involvement with the wrong crowd is one hint of
why he died.
He had also
shown symptoms of manic depression during his final year of life,
which could have been a contributing factor. But despite his
flaws, Danny had a good heart. He didn't deserve to die so early,
so ignobly, so mysteriously. If you know anything that could lead
to a solution to the cause of his death, contact us at the email