Body found in river may be of missing teen
SAN FERNANDO (CNS) – Update: We’re still waiting on confirmation for an identity of a body found in the river near the 5 Freeway in Los Feliz. Friends and family of Elias Rodriguez are standing by after an intense search has been taking place to find him.
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (KABC) — The body of a young man was found on an island in the Los Angeles River in Los Feliz and officials were working to determine if they have found the San Fernando 14-year-old who has been missing for more than a week.
The body was found around 2 p.m. on a small island in the river off Los Feliz Boulevard and the 5 Freeway. A bicycle was also removed from the scene.
Family members of Elias Rodriguez gathered at the scene after the discovery of the body was announced.
Police confirmed the body appeared to be a “young man” but said they were not able yet to determine if that was Eli.
The said the body had appeared to suffer damage, possibly as a result of being in strong flood waters, which had reached up to 70 mph on the day of heavy rains when Eli went missing.
The body was found amid rocks and debris from the river. They said the body would remain at the scene until detectives could investigate for possible foul play.
Dozens of friends, family and community members have been searching areas throughout the northeast San Fernando Valley for the missing teenager.
The search for the 14-year-old boy who went missing during last week’s rainstorms intensified with a door-to-door search Saturday as the FBI joined the Los Angeles and San Fernando police departments.
FAMILY OF MISSING SAN FERNANDO BOY, 14, PLEADS FOR PUBLIC’S HELP
MISSION HILLS, Calif. (KABC) — Police and family members made an emotional plea for the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old boy who has been missing from his San Fernando home since Friday.
Elias Rodriguez was last seen Friday afternoon after leaving the Cesar Chavez Learning Academies, 1001 Arroyo Ave. in San Fernando.
“We just need him to come home and know he’s OK,” said his mother, Pahola Mascorro. “Please if anyone knows anything, please call.”
Eli was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, gray sweatshirt with “Lakeview” written on it and black sweatpants. He is 5 feet 4 inches tall, has brown hair and brown eyes and weighs about 100 pounds.
“Right now we’re using a lot of resources to try to locate Eli,” said Lt. Kathleen Burns, head of detectives at LAPD’s Mission Division.
Burns noted that Friday was a day of heavy rain in the area. A search helicopter flew over washes in the area and followed them for some distance, but did not spot anything.
She also said there was also an anonymous tip about Eli last being seen Friday night at the Red Line transit station in North Hollywood. She said police have checked video at the station, but have been unable to verify the report or contact the anonymous tipster. His family said he was not familiar with using public transportation.
Officials have also been monitoring his social media accounts and have tried searching for his cellphone signal. The phone has not pinged a cellphone tower in more than a week, Burns said.
She said it is clear to police that this is not a typical teen runaway case.
“Eli has never run away before. This is not common. He’s not known to get into trouble or have any problems,” Burns said. “He doesn’t have a any problems at home. He’s a good kid, a good student. This is very unusual for him to be away for this period of time. That’s what’s making us feel that something’s wrong or could possibly be wrong.”
Anyone with information on his whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD Mission Division at (818) 838-9800.