Kellen Charles McElwee, 25, was last seen March 19, 2008 about 9 p.m. after leaving the Keg restaurant in Langley, B.C., east of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. He had been having dinner with some friends. He was parked at the nearby Colossus movie complex and spoke to friends by cellphone as he drove off.
Several days later, McElwee's bronze 2006 Honda Civic, 4 door was found abandoned on a quiet residential street---the 5100 block of Halifax Street--in Burnaby, British Columbia, a couple of miles from his apartment.
McElwee has not shown up for work at Rogers Call Center or contacted family or friends, which is unusual. He has no history of going missing and has no criminal record. On April 22, 2008, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took over the case a few weeks later, and from the start of the investigation said the disappearance seemed suspicious.
Surveillance Videos Released
On March 28 and April 2, 2008 Burnaby RCMP released surveillance images (see below) of an unidentified male seen in Kellen McElwee’s condo building. The man was wearing a hooded, puffy-style winter jacket with fur around the hood, possibly a designer jacket by Christian Audigier. He was carrying a DC Skateboarding brand backpack.
New Tip Emerge
In July 2008, it was reported by CBS News that police officers on the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced that they had received information indicating that McElwee had met with foul play. IHIT’s Cpl. Dale Carr said that police were not able to reveal what had come up, only that they had enough information to support their suspicion of foul play.
Police have said that they have not been able to make any conclusive links to gangs, drugs or organized crime as being responsible for the disappearance of Kellen McElwee.
Investigators have received a number of tips since the investigation began, but they have not been enough to keep it moving forward, so they are asking for the public's help.
Reward increased to $100,000
On the one-year anniversary of their son's disappearance, McElwee's parents doubled their $50,000 reward offer to reach $100,000 for information leading to their son. "To qualify for the reward, the Claimant’s information must lead the police “directly” to the location of Kellen's remains. By “directly” the Information must either describe Kellen’s location or lead to a line of inquiry that, without the need for information from another Claimant, locates Kellen's remains. The Information must be provided directly to the police and must not be the subject of any other claims for compensation."
Cpl. Dale Carr spokesperson for IHIT said, “There is no doubt that someone out there has the information police need to move this file forward. The amount of money that the McElwee’s are offering is significant and could change a persons life. One-Hundred-Thousand dollars is the kind of money could really give a person a new beginning.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT TIP LINE at 1-877-543-9217 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Do you recognize this man? He was seen on surveillance tape in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on 3/19/08. If so, please call 1-877-543-9217.
Name/Age: Kellan McElwee, 25
Residence: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Last seen: 03/19/08, Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Date of birth: 2/11/83
Physical Description: 5'10," 220 lbs, dark blonde hair styled with slight mohawk (fauxhawk), blue eyes, black and white tattoo of dragon below left shoulder. Last seen wearing a black long sleeve fitted shirt, jeans, and a brown leather jacket.
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