Posted: Jul 5, 2013 8:41 PM by Lindsey Gordon
Updated: Jul 5, 2013 8:41 PM
HELENA - Susanne Landgrebe of Iowa hasn't heard from her 20-year-old son Daniel in more than ten days and plans to start looking for hIm along the railways he may have traveled.
Daniel was reportedly heading from Salt Lake City in Utah to Jackson in southwest Montana to attend the "Rainbow Family" gathering.
Susanne says that that her son left home with the intention of traveling and writing a book.
He didn't bring a cellphone, but called home every three to five days.
At one point in his travel, he started hopping trains and ran into a member of a group of transients who identify themselves as "Freight Train Riders of America."
Susanne recalled, "This guy pulled a knife on him and said that he was from this organization. Daniel thought that was ludicrous and called me and was kind of laughing about it, and he had said, 'I can't believe this just happened to me.'"
But he encountered gang members more than once.
So when he decided he was heading to Montana to the Rainbow gathering, he said he was buying a bus ticket from Salt Lake City to Pocatello, Idaho, in order to avoid them, and then planned to ride the rails the rest of the way to Dillon.
But she can't confirm that he even bought the ticket, because Greyhound doesn't keep a record if tickets are paid for with cash.
Now Susanne hopes to rent a helicopter to search the railways on this part of his intended path.
She is worried that Daniel could have gotten hurt hopping on or off the moving trains, or perhaps he encountered another territorial freight train rider.
Daniel's brother made his way to Jackson by car to look for his brother and told his mother that seeing the conditions there, he believed Daniel would never have stayed if he had actually made it to the gathering.
Susanne said, "Usually you have mother's intuition, so it's been kinda replaced by fear, so I don't know. "