The reward was doubled to $500,000 Friday in the case of Elaine Park, a 20-year-old from La Crescenta who went missing in January and hasn’t been seen since.
The reward for Park was set to expire at noon Friday, but an anonymous donor doubled the previous reward amount of $250,000, while the deadline to claim it was extended to Sept. 24, which is Park’s 21st birthday.
Private investigator Jayden Brant said some tips were received after the reward was increased to $250,000 on Aug. 22, but Park remains missing.
“We’re just making this one last shot to get that information that we need to help us to find her,” Brant said on Friday.
Park was last seen at 6:05 a.m. Jan. 28 when she left the home of her ex-boyfriend in Calabasas.
Park’s charcoal gray 2015 Honda Civic was found Feb. 2 on Pacific Coast Highway just south of Corral Canyon Road in Malibu. The keys were in the ignition, the doors were unlocked and her computer, cash, phone and backpack were inside the car.
Additionally, unseen video footage was released of a vehicle at the location where Park was last seen in Calabasas.
Brant said the video footage is of a vehicle that is in an area where there’s “no reason” for it to be there and coincides with Park walking out of her on-again and off-again boyfriend’s home.
“We’re asking for the public’s help to identify that vehicle or who may have been driving that vehicle,” Brant explained. He said the vehicle has previously been noted by investigators but the footage has not been made available before.
The investigator said despite using video analysis it’s “very hard” to determine what the vehicle is or who is inside.
“It looks like it may be an SUV of some kind,” Brandt said. “It’s seen at some distance. But we’re hoping–again–someone following the case knows who that was,” adding there could be an innocent explanation for the vehicle.
On Aug. 22, Brant and others, including guitarist and songwriter Michael Einziger of the band Incubus and writer Neil Strauss, both of Malibu, joined Park’s mother Susan in announcing the then-$250,000 reward.
“You can’t imagine what it’s like going through so much pain that your heart is numb and … any mother should not have to experience this,” said the mother at the news conference.
Sgt. Robert William, a Police Department spokesman, previously said after the Aug. 22 news conference that police have received “speculations, suspicions and theories” about Park’s disappearance from the private investigator but it all “fizzled out.”
There’s no evidence of a crime and the case remains unsolved, but police are continuing to investigate until she is found, William added.
Anyone with information can contact 800-551-3080 or elainepark.tips.
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