Daniel Carbonaro and DJ.
Daniel Preddy Carbonaro, 27, a much-loved son of Woodstock who’d made California his home in recent years, went missing at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, December 18 on the edge of the Mojave Desert. He and his room-mate and best friend Chris Rice, left their hotel room in Randsburg that moonless night, riding together on a friend’s dune buggy. Earlier in the day Dan had a cell conversation with his girlfriend, mentioning a plan to zip up to nearby Cuddeback Dry Lake Bed, and return within an hour. He was reported by all who knew him to have never been happier in his life. The desert was cold, dipping below freezing. They took no provisions, water, cell-phones, or extra clothing. Four days later a swelling search-party consisting of family members, loved ones and friends, as well as search and rescue workers, and an outpouring of locals, finally discovered the vehicle and the bodies of the young men, a quarter of a mile below a cliff’s edge.