It's not the kind of news the man's family was hoping to hear. Detectives now say they have reason to believe Derrick Dwayne Daniels, 39, was the victim of foul play.
Detectives are talking to acquaintances of Daniels but they say they need the public's help. Daniels was last seen at his home in the Kingsbridge subdivision of Fort Bend County on Wednesday, January 4.
Daniels is described as a black male, 5'11", weighing between 200 and 220 pounds. He has some scarring visible on his chin and at the hairline on his forehead. He was known to be driving a 2002 tan-colored Chevrolet Tahoe, Texas license plate TXS-105.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office believes that around noon that day, Daniels was headed to north Houston for a meeting, and that he became a victim of foul play, possibly in that area.
Notices were sent as far as Nacogdoches and Lufkin, since Daniels has family there, but now the investigation is focused on north Houston. His family members are not suspects in the case. Investigators tell us they do not believe he disappeared willingly.
Making this case even sadder is the fact that Daniels has a fiancée, who is understandably devastated. Detectives tell me the fact that he was planning to be married further cemented their belief that Daniels did not vanish of his own accord.
Information which leads to locating Daniels may earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www.fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.