Details of Disappearance
Danielle was last seen at her home in Magnolia, Texas on March 22, 2015. She and her husband of five years, Austin, had attended a cookout at a friend's home at Leaning Oaks Trailer Park off of Bowler Road and FM 1488 in Field Store, Texas. They arrived there in separate vehicles, but departed in only one, a white 1996 Ford F-350 pickup truck, at 1:00 a.m. They were arguing and Danielle wanted to spend the night at her home's home, but Austin insisted she come home to Magnolia. Danielle had made plans to meet friends later in the day, but she didn't show up and didn't respond to text messages, and calls to her cellular phone went directly to voicemail. That day Austin ran some errands with two acquaintances between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. He said he was going to pick up Danielle so they could retrieve her car from the friend's home, but an hour later he came back to Danielle's friend's home alone.
Austin said he hadn't seen Danielle since the morning after the cookout. He said she was asleep on the couch and he left home, and when he came back she was gone, apparently having left on foot. Her purse and cellular phone are also missing and have never been found, but the pickup truck was left in the driveway. Immediately after Danielle's disappearance, Austin had his mother, who lived seven hours away in Louisiana, come pick up his and Danielle's three-year-old son and take him back to Louisiana with her.
Danielle has three children; the youngest one was Austin's child and the other two were from a prior relationship. Danielle's two older children had been removed from the home by Child Protective Services because of an incident involving Austin. Danielle was very upset about it and believed they would never be allowed back home. Austin was facing criminal charges for injury to a child, and he and Danielle were reportedly no longer sharing a bed. She told her loved ones she was was considering divorce, something Austin claims he was unaware of. Authorities searched the Sleepers' home and Austin's truck. They stated Austin was not being named as a suspect in his wife's case, but he hadn't been ruled out.
Danielle is described as a loving parent, and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning or leave her cellular phone turned off. Foul play is possible in her disappearance, which remains unsolved.