Elaine Park is an outgoing, artistic, and popular musician and actress.
Elaine loves pop culture, fashion, musical theater, and dance. She spent time working as a musician and an actress in Los Angeles, CA, earning herself small roles in tv shows and movies like ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘E.R.’, ‘MadTV’, ‘Role Models’, and ‘Crazy Stupid Love’. She is described as having a smile that lights up a room, being spunky and outgoing, bubbly, energetic, popular, intelligent, and kind. Elaine is also a private person, who keeps her personal life private from those she isn’t close to.
After graduating high school, Elaine enrolled at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA, though she had stopped attending classes in January of 2017. She had recently been laid off from her restaurant job, and is known to have previously struggled with bouts of depression.
Elaine visited her former boyfriend on the night of January 27, 2017.
Elaine left her mother’s home to go visit her former boyfriend, Divine, at his parent’s home in Calabasas, CA. The pair decided to go see a movie at the AMC Promenade in Woodland Hills, CA, before they returned to his family’s home shortly before 1:00 am the following morning.
Sometime around 4:00 am on the morning of January 28, 2017, Elaine woke up and suffered from a panic attack. Divine reported that he tried calming Elaine down and he tried to convince her to stay at his home where she was safe until she calmed down. These attempts were unsuccessful, and Elaine decided to leave.
Elaine was seen for the last time on surveillance footage.
At 6:05 am, Elaine was seen on surveillance footage leaving Divine’s home and walking to her car, a dark gray 2015 Honda Civic, which was parked near his home inside of a gated community. From the footage, however, authorities were unable to determine whether it was Elaine, or someone else, getting into her car. This is the last time Elaine was officially seen on the morning of her disappearance.
At 7:14 am, Elaine’s car was seen on surveillance footage yet again, driving toward the front gates and exiting the gated community. The Find Elaine Park website notes that daylight savings time and whether the camera had been updated previously came into question during the investigation. If the camera's clock was wrong, the correct time would have been 6:14 am, but this has not been confirmed. If this does not explain the time, there is over an hour of footage, from 6:05 am to 7:14 am, that is unaccounted for.
Five days later, Elaine’s car was found abandoned in Malibu, CA.
On February 2, 2017, Elaine’s car was found abandoned on the side of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA, opposite the Malibu Beach RV Park. The car doors were found to be unlocked and her keys were found in the ignition, which had been left in the "on" position. Inside, authorities found Elaine's iPhone 7, her older, broken iPhone 6, her driver's license, laptop, black backpack, blue duffel bag, her makeup, and $37 in cash.
“It is suspicious in the way that we found her car, her cellphone and things, in the manner we did. We can’t rule foul play in or out because, plain and simple, we don’t have any evidence to do so.” -Sgt. Robert William, Glendale Police Department.
The search for Elaine began shortly after her car was located.
Authorities have conducted various thorough searches across the area for Elaine, using bloodhounds and even drones to search Corral Canyon Park, the Santa Monica Mountains, Angeles National Forest, and other nearby areas. Unfortunately, nothing was found during any of their searches other than some clothing that they were unable to determine whether they belonged to Elaine.
The public is asked for help in Elaine’s investigation.
On the one-year anniversary of Elaine’s disappearance, the family’s private investigator, Jayden Brant, asked the public to come forward with any pictures or videos of parked cars in the area of 26048 Pacific Coast Highway between January 28, 2017 at 6:20 am and February 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm. A $1,000 reward was offered for a January 28 photo and a $250 reward was offered for a January 29 photo. They add that if any of the photos provide evidence as to what happened to Elaine, the supplier would receive a $50,000 reward.
Where the case stands today.
Today, Elaine has remained missing for more than five years, with no questions being answered as to her whereabouts or what happened to her that fateful morning in January of 2017. Authorities continue investigating, though the investigation is being led primarily by the family’s private investigator, who continues to push for answers.
“Elaine, we will find you. I can hear her voice every night saying, ‘Mom, please come find me.’ It’s heartbreaking. Something is going on. We have to find her.” - Susan Park, Elaine’s mother.
At the time of her disappearance in 2017, Elaine was described as a 20 year old Asian woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She was around 5’5”-5’6” tall and weighed approximately 125 lbs. Elaine, who Is of Korean descent, has her ears and nose pierced and she wears heavy makeup and mascara. Her hair was waist-length with blonde tips at the time of her disappearance. Elaine has the following tattoos: A cow skull and a moth on her left arm, a dagger and flowers on her right arm, and a rose on her left shoulder. Today, Elaine would be 26 years old.
If you have any information regarding Elaine’s whereabouts or her disappearance, please contact the tip line at (800) 551-3080 or send your tip through the online form. You can also contact the Glendale Police Department at (818) 548-3135 or Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or through their online tip form. There is currently a $275,000 reward being offered for information leading to Elaine’s return or to the individual(s) responsible for her disappearance.