Endangered Missing: Dane Elkins


Name: Dane Elkins
Age: 21 years old
Last seen: December 21, 2020
Location: Castaic, California
Status: Missing


Physical Description

Dane Elkins is a caucasian male with brown curly hair and green eyes. He is 5’11 and weighs 170lbs. He was last known to have a beard.


Background Information

Dane Elkins was born in 1999 to parents Deborah and Brett Elkins. He was described as smart, sweet, and funny by his family and friends.

He grew up in Brentwood, California where he attended Paul Revere Middle School and Palisades Charter High School. Dane is currently attending UC Santa Cruz studying engineering.

Elkins plays Racquetball and holds 23 worldwide junior racquetball titles. He was featured in the LA Times and the May 28, 2017 issue of Sports Illustrated. He was also the second person in USA racquetball history to win all three number one gold divisions at the USA Racquetball National High School Championships.



Dane Elkins’s last known location was in Castaic, California, near Interstate 5 and Templin Highway around 8:30 pm on December 21st, 2020.

Elkins’s car had broken down due to flat tires, and he had called 911 a few times, saying he wasn’t feeling well.

When investigators found his vehicle, it was abandoned with flat tires on the side of the road, with his wallet, mobile phone, and laptop still inside.

At the time of his disappearance, he was living with his parents, he had told his parents he was leaving to live with his friends. However, his friends have not heard from him or seen him.

The Elkins family says he is suffering from mental illness and his mother Deborah believes he was suffering from paranoia. They have said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made him mentally distressed. He would go drive up and down from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles and back, Deborah believes he has stopped in Bakersfield on a few occasions and knows the area, he may have ended up in Kern County after abandoning his car.

Before his disappearance, his mother Deborah said he told them ‘I have to find myself, I want to drive.’ She also said he went through the whole paranoid episode and thought there were people after him.

Deborah Elkins believes Dane hitchhiked or traveled to numerous locations and she is attempting to get the word out in communities throughout Sothern California, as well as Kern County.

His family is asking the public to not approach him but to take a picture/video of Dane Elkins and to call 911.

This photo was taken by Dane Elkins the day before he disappeared.

The Search

Search teams were set up in Castaic the following days of his disappearance. Law enforcement has given out statements and photos of Dane Elkins. The Elkins family have also hired their own detective to assist in the searches.

A few weeks after his disappearance, social media pages were made in the hope to spread the word.

While searching in Bakersfield, a few homeless people have told his friends they had seen Dane in late December in the downtown area near the bus station on 21st Street and Chester Avenue.

A search of the Bakersfield area is scheduled for March 6th.



The family of Dane Elkins has announced they have recently received a ‘credible sighting’ 

Contact Information

If you have any information on the disappearance of Dane Elkins, you can email the family directly through email at searchingfordaneelkins@gmail.com or you can call LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.

If you wish to stay anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or text the phone number 274637. All text messages must begin with LAPD. You can also visit LAPDOnline.org and click ‘web tips’.

His missing persons case is #20008-17726 with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Further Information

Searching for Dane Elkins social media pages:

Family asks for community’s help on one-month anniversary of son’s disappearance





Missing UC Santa Cruz College Student Possibly Seen Gives Mother Hope in Bringing Him Home

Search continues for Dane Elkins six months after his disappearance


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