Search Efforts Renewed for Missing El Cajon Man

Elijah "Bear" Diaz, 20, disappeared from his home in east San Diego on Aug. 29

Renewed search efforts were underway Tuesday to locate a young man from El Cajon who vanished under suspicious circumstances, according to the family's private investigator Trish Stockton, more than three weeks ago.

Lt. Frank Lahaye with the El Cajon Police Department said officers are actively investigating this missing person case but, at this time, the Department does not believe Diaz’s disappearance is suspicious.

Beginning at 10 a.m., family, friends and volunteers planned to go door-to-door on Joey Avenue and surrounding streets in El Cajon search of 20-year-old Elijah Diaz, missing since Aug. 29.

Diaz – who also goes by the nickname, “Bear” – has had no contact whatsoever with his family since he vanished from his home in the East County.

His parents said several items are missing from his room – his glasses, one glove, one sandal and his big screen TV – leaving them with a strange feeling. A private investigator hired by the family agrees the case seems suspicious.

With the search reignited, his family hopes to remind the public that Diaz is still missing and finally bring him home.

“I just want them to come forward and let us know if he’s okay,” the man’s mother, Lelanie Thompson, told NBC 7.

“If you’re alright, call and let us know,” pleaded Diaz’s grandfather, Charles Curo.

With each day that passes and no sign of Diaz, the family’s concern grows.

His mother said Diaz has juvenile diabetes and is dependent on insulin. Over the last few weeks, Diaz has missed several appointments with his doctor. He also has no medicine on him.

According to loved ones, Diaz is 5-foot-10 and 110 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He may be on crutches due to a serious foot injury.

As of Tuesday, Lahaye said police have classified the case as “inconclusive.” Police said Diaz has a history of taking off.

Anyone with information on Diaz’s whereabouts should contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.

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