Update Nov. 29: The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday that Friedland was located safely around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Houston with the help of the city’s Police Department, her family said. Spokespersons did not say where she was found.
“We are so thankful to you all and so many more for helping us during the hardest week of our lives,” the family said in a statement. “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.”
Houston police say a Piedmont resident, 36-year-old Danielle Friedland, has been missing since Wednesday after she was discharged from a mental health clinic there. She was set to depart from George Bush Intercontinental Airport that day to head home to the Bay Area. Friedland is the mother of two young children.
From KTVU reporting on Nov. 28:
Her last contact was with her husband, Jordan, who confirmed she took an Uber from Menninger Clinic to IAH, but never made her flight.
He and a friend flew from San Francisco to Houston to search for her.
“I mean everybody is just so fearful and worried about her,” Will True, a friend of the Friedland family, told Fox 26 in Houston.
Friedland was undergoing mental health treatment for six weeks at the Menninger Clinic in Houston. Her family said she had been experiencing a mental health crisis over the last few months. However, she made significant progress through therapy and medication.
“The treatment was going well. She was actually due to return home to return to treatment in San Francisco with her family and two young boys,” True told the station.
True said she checked a bag at the airport but never boarded the flight.
Friedland’s family said her boarding pass was never scanned, and it appeared that she no longer had her phone.
“It’s been the hardest days of the family’s life,” True said. “Everyone is just worried about Dani. They want to bring her home to her kids.”
If you have any information on Danielle Friedland’s whereabouts, you’re encouraged to call the Houston Police Department.