January 28, 2017
Elaine Park (20) goes missing
According to Park’s boyfriend, she woke up shaking and appeared to be having a panic attack at around 4 a.m. on January 28. Park also stated she wanted to go home and, while her boyfriend tried to convince her to stay, she left his house at 6:05 a.m. Park was not seen or heard from again.
Friends and family became concerned when Park did not respond to text messages or phone calls, and did not post on social media. “For her to go silent across the board like that — it just seemed impossible,” Park’s friend Rosemarie Wheeler told reporters.
Investigators found Park’s cellphone had pinged in Malibu, about 20 miles (32km) southwest of her boyfriend’s house and, on February 2, her abandoned car was found near the location of the ping. The car doors were unlocked, the keys in the ignition, the lights switched on, and the battery dead. Several items of value — including Park’s laptop, cellphone, and money — were visible inside the car. “It almost looks as if it was placed,” Wheeler stated. “There was no sign of a forced entry. There was no sign of a struggle; there was no blood.”
Police searched the area using bloodhounds and cadaver dogs but were unable to find additional clues to Park’s whereabouts. Park’s boyfriend was ruled out as a suspect after video surveillance showed Park leaving his home alone, and noted he was “very cooperative” during the investigation.
A $500,000 reward was offered with information regarding Park’s disappearance, though the reward expired in September of 2017. In 2018, a new reward of $140,000 was offered from a private fund, and is still available.
“The case will remain open until there’s a resolution,” Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William told the press. “With missing person reports, we don’t close them until they’re found one way or another. It remains open and there are no leads to investigate.”
Those with information regarding Park’s case are encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-3135 (Park’s case number is 17-1512), the Elaine Park Tip Line at 800-551-3080 (there is an anonymous option for those who would prefer anonymity), www.elainepark.tips, email@example.com, or the Help Find Elaine Park Facebook page.
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