California mother who went missing after being discharged from Houston clinic has been found

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Woman receiving mental healthcare goes missing in Houston, family says
The family of Danielle Friedland is asking for the public's help in finding her after she did not board her plane from Houston back to California.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A California family is relieved after a young mother who disappeared in Houston was safely located.

Danielle Friedland, 36, is from the Bay Area and was receiving mental healthcare in Houston.

"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 ABC13 on Sunday, before she was found.

He said the treatment had been going so well that his wife was set to fly home last Wednesday, where she would continue care and reunite with their two and 5-year-old just in time for Thanksgiving. However, she never boarded her plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Police in Piedmont, California, believed Danielle Friedland may have left the Bush airport in a taxi with a small amount of cash.

The family told ABC13 they believed she was in Downtown Houston, specifically the Trinity Park area. Loved ones across the United States flew in to help search for her.

In an update on Wednesday, family members said she had been found safe, but further details into her disappearance weren't disclosed.

"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," the family said in a statement.

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