The missing woman from Piedmont, who last week disappeared from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, has been found safe and her family is very relieved.
36-year-old Danielle Friedland went missing the day before Thanksgiving after she had spent a month receiving mental health treatment at a clinic in Houston. The mother of two had reportedly been experiencing severe depression, but had improved enough that she was cleared to fly home for the holiday and continue treatment in California. But, her husband said, she checked her bag for her flight, left her phone in the airport, and disappeared into Houston in a cab.
Friedland's husband, Jordan Friedland, put out a public plea earlier this week for help in the Houston area, and he and other family and friends had fanned out in downtown Houston to locate her.
Now, there is a happy ending to the story, as KPIX reports via local affiliate KHOU that she has been safely found.
The family put out a statement:
We are relieved to say that around 2:30 a.m. last night, with the help of the Houston Police Department, we were able to locate Dani, make contact with her, and she is now safe.
We wanted to express our deepest gratitude to the Houston community for everything you did to help us find Dani. We were welcomed in with open arms, and without exception received help, love, and incredible support.
We know there are so many more that helped us over this last week, but we wanted to specifically thank Chief Finner, Commanders Faulhaber and Hassig and the Houston Police Department for their tireless work and determination to find her.
We also wanted to thank the Impact Houston church. You opened your doors, offered us food and help, and we will be forever grateful for the assistance your congregation provided. Further thanks to the local Jewish community, the Houston Constables, the Homeless Outreach Team, and the incredible shelters and organizations that provide services in Houston. We also wanted to thank the local unhoused community who showed us so much kindness, helped distribute fliers, looked for Dani, and provided us with information on areas to search.
We are so thankful to you all and so many more for helping us during the hardest week of our lives. As we move into the next steps for Dani and the rest of the family, we ask for privacy so we can begin to heal.
Thank you, Houston.
KPIX reports that Friedland had been receiving treatment at the well respected Menninger Clinic, which has a 50-acre psychiatric hospital campus in the middle of Houston.
A neighbor in Piedmont tells the station of Friedland, "She's always been incredibly pleasant, I mean we've seen her running in the neighborhood, taking the kids to school, going to see friends and things of that nature." The neighbor adds, "Mental health is brutal. Anxiety, depression, these aren't things you can always see."