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Glendale woman remains missing: Volunteers search Malibu, Calabasas for clues in Elaine Park investigation

Malibu Search and Rescue members assist in a Sunday, March 12 search for clues in the Elaine Park investigation. Photo Courtesy of Malibu Search and Rescue
Missing Glendale 20-year-old Elaine Park is pictured. Photo Submitted.
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
2:42 pm PDT March 13, 2017

Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue team aided in a Sunday, March 12 search of areas of Malibu and Calabasas for clues as to the whereabouts of missing person Elaine Park.

David Katz, operations leader for Malibu SAR, said the search did not uncover any new evidence. Volunteers found clothing items which were tested in the field, but determined to be unrelated, Katz said.

“At this point, nothing came out of it that gave us any lead that was related,” Katz noted.

Crews searched the Corral Canyon area, where the 20-year-old’s car was found Feb. 4, as well as the area surrounding her ex boyfriend’s Calabasas home, the last known place the Glendale teen was seen. Park’s family reported her missing on Jan. 30.

“There were about 20 total [volunteers] from our department, not just Search and Rescue, but also including folks from the emergency services detail,” said Katz, who noted that officials began at roughly 7 a.m. and concluded efforts in the late afternoon.

Roughly 50-60 community volunteers recruited by Park’s family and Reach for Mental Health Awareness, an organization which is aiding the family, also participated, noted Katz.

The officials deployed a new unmanned aerial vehicle to search canyon areas that would otherwise be unreachable by foot, Katz added.

The Glendale Police Department, which also had a detective on site for the search, is investigating Park’s missing persons case, but Katz said Malibu SAR would be available in the event of any new evidence.

“Unfortunately, other than knowing where she was last seen ... and knowing where her vehicle was last found, if you don’t have more leads, really it limits what you can focus on,” Katz said.