2017-03-16 / Front Page

Special Report: Missing in the mountains

Search continues for woman last seen in Calabasas
John Loesing

Elaine ParkElaine ParkSEARCH PARTY--Susan Park, mother of the missing 20-year-old Elaine Park, speaks with a member of the volunteer search party March 12 near Calabasas.     BOBBY CURTIS/Acorn NewspapersSEARCH PARTY--Susan Park, mother of the missing 20-year-old Elaine Park, speaks with a member of the volunteer search party March 12 near Calabasas. BOBBY CURTIS/Acorn NewspapersA recent search for a woman reported missing near Calabasas in late January failed to turn up new information, but friends and family say they will remain vigilant in the hunt for the 20-year-old from Glendale.

Elaine Park was last seen Jan. 28 at the home of a one-time boyfriend named Divine Compere in the 2600 block of Delphine Lane in the rugged Coldwater Canyon area of Calabasas. Park’s 2015 gray Honda Civic was found parked along Pacific Coast Highway near Coral Beach in Malibu four days after her disappearance, according to the Glendale Police Department, which is investigating. Keys, cell phone, laptop and other personal belongings were still inside the vehicle.

Friends, family members and others gathered March 12 at Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway and combed the nearby mountains. A Malibu Search and Rescue team and the Lost Hills Sheriff Station provided support for the searchers, taking on some of the rougher terrain. While volunteers found animal bones and a piece of women’s clothing, they did not retrieve anything connected to Park.

Compere was “cooperative” when questioned earlier by detectives, Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William said.

Park’s mother, Susan Park, said the relationship between Compere and her daughter was on-again, off-again.

“They were intensely involved in December and in the middle of January my daughter broke up with him. Then they reconnected, and all of a sudden she goes missing,” Park said.

The two biggest leads for investigators are the vehicle and bits of surveillance footage taken on the night Park disappeared. Compere lived on compound owned by his parents. Compere is the son of Shakim Compere, owner of the television and film production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, along with business partner Queen Latifah.

“We were able to locate surveillance footages, which captured Miss Park leaving by herself and the boyfriend stayed back home,” William said. “The video shows Park didn’t seem in distress when she left the neighborhood in her car. “What happened after that is a mystery. We don’t know why she ended up in Malibu,” he said.

Susan Park says the video is inconclusive.

“You can’t see the driver, so I don’t know if she even drove off,” she said.

Elaine Park worked at a Hollywood game arcade. She is Korean American, 5-feet-6-inches tall and about 125 pounds. She has a cow-skull tattoo on her upper left arm and another tattoo on her lower left arm. She often wears heavy makeup and has long brown hair with blonde tips. She had on jean shorts and a jacket when last seen.

It was believed that a body found early last week in Santa Clarita might hold clues, but the body was reported to be that of another person.

The mother says further searches and fundraising efforts in her daughter’s case are being planned.

“Every day, I wake up and I am dedicated to finding information, to finding Elaine,” Park said. “I cannot work, I cannot rest until I find her.”

Park is soliciting the public’s help in locating any video that might show her daughter’s car en route from Calabasas to the Pacific Coast Highway during the time from Jan. 28 when she went missing until Feb. 2 when the vehicle was found. A reward is being offered. The route to the beach would have included parts of Delphine Lane, Mulholland Highway, Cold Canyon Road and Malibu Canyon Road. Contact Park at spark5.sp86@gmail.com.

Anyone with information should also contact the Glendale Police Dept. at (818) 548-4911.

Melina Watts and Sylvie Belmond contributed to this story.

Return to top