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Missing El Cajon Man's Disappearance ‘Suspicious': Private Investigator

The man was last seen on Saturday, Aug. 29

The search for a missing 20-year-old man with diabetes has turned into a race against time as the family marks two weeks since he was reported missing. 

Elijah "Bear" Diaz was last seen Saturday, Aug. 29 near his home in El Cajon, east of San Diego. He was believed to be carrying only one week's worth of insulin, but has been missing for double that time. 

"There's so many aspects of his health we're so worried about," Lelanie Thompson, his mom, told NBC 7. The family said they have hired private investigator Trish Gray to help find their son. 

Gray calls the disappearance is "highly suspicious."

As a result of his type 1 Diabetes, Diaz has injured feet, leaving him on crutches or in a wheelchair. Gray says someone must have picked up Diaz. 

"There are some things he wouldn't have left without," Gray told NBC7. 

"He left his toothbrush, he left his eye glasses, he left his charger," she said, later adding one glove, one sandal and a big screen television are all missing from his room. 

"A couple guys would have had to handle that [television] to get it out of here," Thompson said. 

As more and more days pass, family members are left with many questions, wondering why Elijah left, how he left and with who. 

"I just want them to come forward and let us know if he's OK," his mother told NBC7. 

"If you're alright, call and let us know," Charles Curo, his grandfather, said. 

Elijah was last seen wearing white baseball shorts and a gray sleeveless shirt. Diaz is approximately 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 110 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. 

El Cajon Police told NBC 7 they do not have any new updates on the case. 

Anyone with tips regarding Elijah's disappearance is asked to please contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.

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