BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — This weekend, the search for a missing college student will continue in downtown Bakersfield.
Dane Elkins — a 21-year-old engineering student at University of California, Santa Cruz — went missing in December. His last known location was the area of Interstate 5 and Templin Highway in Castaic, where his car was found abandoned with his wallet and cellphone still inside.
However, Elkins’ family believes he may currently be in the Kern County area and is possibly homeless. On Saturday, a search party will look for Elkins at Mill Creek Park at 10 a.m.
The family said last year, Elkins began traveling across the state after becoming distressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are concerned about his mental health.
Elkins is described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. His family asks anyone who sees him to call 911 and take a picture or video of him, if possible.