I am passionate about missing persons cases due to a personal family experience of having someone go missing in my family.
Elaine Park went missing on January 28th, 2017. She was 5’5 tall and weighed 125 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, at the time of her disappearance she had waist-length hair with blond tips. She is of Asian/Korean descent and was 20 years old at the time of her disappearance. She has her ears and nose pierced and several tattoos. She has a dagger and flowers on her right arm, rose on her left shoulder, cow skull, and a moth on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a white sweatshirt and denim shorts but may have on gray sweatpants. Elaine suffers from depression and is classified as endangered missing.
Elaine was born on September 24th, 1996, and was always known to be a spunky, artistic person. Her parents divorced she lived with her mother, Susan, in La Crescenta California that was just north of Las Angeles. She went to Crescenta Valley High school and was known to make friends easily and had a large group of people she could hang out with. After graduating high school, she was attending Pierce College in Las Angeles but had recently dropped out. She had just lost her job at the restaurant around this time as well.
She was an aspiring actress and loved poetry, art, and musical theater. Elaine had small roles in several TV shows and movies before she went missing. She had parts in Crazy Stupid Love, Role Models, ER, Mad TV, and The Desperate Housewives.
She had an on-again, off-again boyfriend she was with the night she went missing. His name is Divine (Div) Compere and he was the son of a successful Hollywood businessman, Shakim Compere, and they lived in a gated community in Calabasas California.
The Night Before
On January 27th, 2017, Elaine had sent her mother a text message before leaving in an Uber with her then-boyfriend to go see a movie at around 10 pm. The two returned to his home at around 1 am and went inside so she could stay the night. Security footage from the driveway confirms this timeline.
Div claims at around 4 am Elaine woke up to a panic attack, she was shaking and singing and acting odd. He claims he tried to calm her down and get her to stay but she got dressed and left about 2 hours later at 6:05 am. She’s seen on the security footage walking to her car seemingly not distressed anymore, and she left the property. After she drives away the driveway camera stopped recording.
The gated security cameras that only record the vehicle's license plates show her car leaving the community at 7:14. Police later claim the gates security cameras could have simply never changed over with the time change and that it was actually 6:14 but this was never confirmed or dis-proven. This still leaves about a 9-minute time gap that is unaccounted for. The drive from her boyfriend's house to the gates at the entrance should only take a few minutes and this time gap still seemed too long to a lot of people. Elaine has never been seen again.
For the next two days, Elaine didn’t answer her mother or her boyfriend's text messages or phone calls. Her mother tried to call the Glendale police department, as it was unusual and out of character for her daughter to not answer her. She was told to call the police back the next day, they assumed she just didn’t want to talk to anybody and that she was an adult and probably ran off somewhere. An official police report wasn’t made until Monday, January 30th.
The police questioned Div but ruled him out as a suspect simply because he was cooperative with them. Susan, Elaine’s mother, was not happy about this and wished the police would have at least investigated his home and the surrounding area but no searches had been done.
Surveillance Video Footage
On February 2nd, five days after she had gone missing, the police found her car. She drives a charcoal gray 2015 Honda Civic and it was found abandoned 20 miles from her boyfriend's house on the Pacific Coast HWY in Malibu. This was a 45-minute drive from his home. Her car was found with all of her personal belongings still inside including, her backpack, laptop, keys, cell phone, and ID. The keys had been left in the ignition, the battery was dead and the doors unlocked.
Once the car was found police began their investigation but noted no sign of a struggle or blood was found in the car. They believe she left the car voluntarily. They brought in 4 bloodhounds, cadaver dogs, drones, ATV’s and a dive team to search the cliffs, shore, and parts of the ocean but found no trace of Elaine. The investigators strongly believe she may have taken her own life but her family believes otherwise.
In the beginning, Elaine’s mother put up a $500,000 reward for information on her daughter but the offer of such a large reward would expire on Elaine’s 21st birthday. This large reward offer brought in no new leads.
After the police refused to search the boyfriend's house and essentially told her mother it was most likely suicide or she ran away to start a new life, she hired her own private investigator. This man was Jayden Brant and he doesn’t believe the polices theory. He thinks that foul play was involved in Elaine’s disappearance. The police claim they won’t rule out foul play but they say there is no evidence to prove anything. Brant brought his findings to the police however, they dismissed his “evidence” saying they are a bunch of theories with no real hard evidence to back up his claims.
Elaine’s family is still looking for her and won’t stop until they find her. Her mother has set up a reward of $140,000 for information regarding her daughter. They have made a Facebook page dedicated to giving updates and information on her and other missing cases. The Facebook page is called “Help Find Elaine Park”. Her family still believes she was a victim of foul play.
Theory number one is one that the police and many others heavily believe. They think she ended her own life. She was known to have bouts of depression and she had just dropped out of college and had gotten laid off at her restaurant job. It’s possible she and her boyfriend got into an argument or that she was just in a very bad mindset when she left his house at 6 am. They believe she went to Malibu for a drive and could have just decided the time was right for her. It wasn’t uncommon for her to go to Malibu with friends or by herself to calm down and get away for a little while, so this might have been a safe place for her to end her life.
Theory two is that she was abducted. After leaving her boyfriend's house and driving down the Pacific Coast HWY she may have had another panic attack while driving and pulled over, or she may have simply wanted to stop and watch the Ocean to calm herself down from the nights events. Some speculate a person could have seen her car on the side of the road and took it as an opportunity to abduct her from her car and drive off. One of the problems with this is that despite being very early on a Saturday morning, this HWY was a rather popular one, so it’s hard to think someone could take a young girl without anybody noticing.
Theory three is that her boyfriend was involved. A lot of people still believe the cops let him go far too easily and they believe he had something to do with her disappearance. Some believe after she left the driveway and after the camera stopped recording, he followed her and something happened to her. Speculation says it could have easily been her boyfriend driving her car leaving the community and could have left it abandoned at the place it was found along the HWY. He has never said there was an argument or a fight but there is a lot of suspicious time that is unaccounted for. The two hours she was at his house after she woke up but before she left he claimed she threw on her clothes and left the house but what happened in those 2 hours?
I would like to say again these are just theories and speculation and nobody knows what exactly happened to Elaine Park.
If you have any information on this case you can call this tip line at 1-800-551-3080 or the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.