December 31, 2020
Dane Elkins's mother and friends have been searching for him since he abandoned his car around 8:20 pm near the 5 Freeway and Templin Highway in Castaic on December 20. Deborah Elkins, Dane's mother, says her son suffers from mental health issues and she believes he is going through a paranoid and suicidal episode.
A student at UC Santa Cruz, Dane is 20 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was possibly spotted in Reseda at a gas station on Christmas, according to a friend, walking around apparently jittery and nervous.
The family has hired a private investigator and has organized searches, including this morning, of the area around Dane's abandoned car. A Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/findingdaneelkins) is available to coordinate efforts to find the young man.
If anyone thinks they see Dane, they should keep a discreet distance because of his paranoia, take photos for confirmation, and call 911 or the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. During non-business hours, call 1-877-527-3247. Those who wish to provide a tip anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.