Central Iowa 20-Year-Old Goes Missing While Hitchhiking



By Ellen Kurt

NEWTON, Iowa - A central Iowa man on a hitchhiking trip is missing. Daniel Landgrebe, 20, was last heard from June 24.

Landgrebe, always the creative thinker and adventurer, told his mom he wanted to write a book about what it was like to travel off the grid. On May 25, he said goodbye to his loved ones and headed down Highway 14 without a cell phone or any electronics.

"I said, 'You have to contact me every two to three days. You're never going to go over five days.' And we made an agreement about this," Susanne Landgrebe, Daniel Landgrebe's mother, said.

He kept his word until June 24. That day, he told her he was in Salt Lake City, Utah and was planning to head 100 miles north to Jackson, Montana. Now 11 days later, she hasn't heard from her son since.

"What worries me the most is, I always have intuition about him and I just have fear now," she said.

This devoted mother can't help but fear the worst, because she knows her son would never put her through this.

"He would never, never do this. He has no mental problems. He has no behavioral problems. He has never done anything," Susanne Landgrebe said. "If someone sees him, he just needs to call and let his family know that he is OK."

She contacted police and Union Pacific railroad authorities and said she is very concerned about the area of Montana where her son was headed. She said there are dangerous freight train gangs in the area, and her son had told her that he had a run-in with them before.

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