A California mother of two disappeared from a Texas airport after she was released from a mental health clinic the day before Thanksgiving.
Police are searching for Danielle Friedland, 36, who did not board her plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Wednesday night.
“Dani has been going through an unexpected but ongoing mental health issue for several months now, and we just love and support her,” her husband, Jordan Friedland, told KHOU 11 on Sunday.
Friedland spent six weeks getting treatment at the Menninger Clinic in Houston and was scheduled to return home to the California Bay Area for Thanksgiving.
Piedmont police believe the mother of a 5-year-old and 2-year-old may have left the airport in a taxi with $160 in cash and a debit card.
“Our kids miss her more than anything in the world. She’s the most amazing mom in the world, and the world is a better place with her and being a mom, friend, and community member,” Jordan told the outlet.
Law enforcement said Friedland intentionally left her phone at the airport.
“One of the scariest things for me is that Dani doesn’t know Houston. She doesn’t have friends or family here. She doesn’t have her luggage, her credit cards, her phone and I just can’t imagine how scary that must be,” Jordan said.
Family members and loved ones have flown in from across the country to help search for the missing mother.
Friedland is 5-foot-1, 100 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen donning a blue puffy jacket with blue and orange stripes and blue jogger pants carrying a black suitcase.
She has been diagnosed with depression, mood disorder psychosis, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, police shared.
It’s suspected that she may be in downtown Houston, specifically the Trinity Park area, according to the family.
“There were a couple of apparent sightings yesterday (Sunday), but nothing has turned up yet,” her husband shared.
The family has been in Houston, passing out flyers in hopes someone will recognize her.
They have been working with churches and other community groups in the area to help find the mother and have visited a homeless encampment in Houston due to Friedland’s previous statements.
Investigators are reviewing video from the airport to see if they can get a feel for what happened to the mother.
“We are aware of the news coverage about this unfortunate event. Because of patient confidentiality, we cannot confirm the status of any patient or provide any information without patient consent,” the Menninger Clinic said in a statement to the outlet.
“We are deeply saddened by this situation, and our hearts go out to the family. We all hope for her safe return.”
Anyone with information about Friedland’s whereabouts should email Piedmont Police Department detectives at email@example.com or call the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Division at 832-394-1840.