Family launches another massive search to find El Cajon man

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EL CAJON – Friday began another search for a young El Cajon Man. 20-year old Elijah Bear Diaz has not been since August 29th.

“He goes by the name of Bear,” said Lelanie Thompson, mother.

Diaz was last seen in late August at his El Cajon home.

“I dropped him off at his home 10:30 at night and came back next afternoon and he was not there,” said Thompson.

Thompson said her son has a number of health issues, he has been a diabetic since he was 6 years old. When he was last seen, he had severe blisters on the bottom of his feet.

“He was unable to drive, he was unable to walk He was picked up and he was taken away from his home, that’s all we know,” said Thompson.

There is also now a billboard at the corner of Highway 67 and Mapleview Street near Lakeside donated to the family.

Friday morning a team of dogs from Arizona Search, Track and Rescue scoured the area around Walker Preserve.

“Their sense of smell is 100 times greater than ours,” said Christy Smith, Handler.

Smith said her canine team started searching Friday at 6 a.m.

“We’ve been through the fence line with the dogs, sending them into all the areas, to search through all the brush.

The two dogs, Kiki and Colt are one of several teams that will be part of a massive weekend search.

“We have 7 more teams coming in,” said Smith. “We have an additional 5 dogs.”

Thompson is hoping with all the effort, someone will bring her son home.

“I need to know what you know, you have answers out there, somebody out there knows who picked him up, and somebody was with him that night,” said Lelanie through tears. “My son, he’s a good kid, everybody likes him.”

Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1000 reward for anyone with information.

The family has also set up a webpage, click here  if you have information.


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