On the night of February
1, 2002 7 year old Danielle was taken out of the safety of her
bed from her home by, at the time, an unknown suspect. The following
morning a frantic search of the neighborhood was made but to no
avail. In the following days a massive civilian search effort was
organized by the Laura Recovery Center in addition to the efforts of
all branches of San Diego Law enforcement. Over 3,000 people
volunteered to search for Danielle.
On February 27, Danielle's body was found by a group from the
Danielle Search Center. She had been murdered and left in a remote
area of San Diego County. 2 days earlier a neighbor had been
arrested in connection with Danielle's disappearance. He was later
convicted of her Kidnapping and Murder.
The Danielle Legacy Foundation was formed to honor Danielle's
life and to bring about changes so that no other child has to go
through what she endured and also to promote volunteerism which was
such a part of Danielle's legacy.