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Search for East San Diego County man gains national attention

Posted at 11:57 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 14:57:12-05

(KGTV) - The search for a young East San Diego County man will be profiled this month by missing persons investigator John Walsh.

Twenty-year-old Elijah Runningbear Diaz, a member of the Barona Tribe, was last seen Aug. 29, 2015 in El Cajon. His mother dropped him off at his home on Joey Lane about 10 p.m.

Diaz’ mother reported him missing the next day - the day his cell phone was turned off. There was no further activity on his bank account or social media.

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Officers found a 50-inch television had been removed from his bedroom along with his sheets and the contents of a safe.

Diaz has type one diabetes and, at the time of his disappearance, had a serious foot injury that required him to use crutches. He also has a bear claw tattoo on his inner left forearm.

El Cajon Police joined Diaz’ friends and relatives for a door-to-door search near his home in 2015.

The show “In Pursuit with John Walsh” will follow the unsolved missing persons case on Wed., Jan. 15.

City News Service contributed to this report.