Demetrius Jermain Elder
Elder, approximately 1997; Elder's "SKEE" pendant
Date reported missing : 09/25/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/14/1976 (45)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 215 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white Nike t-shirt, aqua Nike warm-up pants, blue Nike sneakers, and possibly a gold chain with a pendant reading "SKEE." A photograph of the pendant is posted with this case summary.
Medical conditions : Elder is diabetic.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Elder may have a mustache, beard or a goatee. He has a tattoo on his right arm with a picture of his late father, Monroe Elder Jr., with the dates "1935 - 1995" and the phrase "I Believe." Elder's nickname is Skee-Boo.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Elder was last seen at a residence on Dryden Avenue in Dallas, Texas on September 25, 1997. He was accompanied by his friend, Demerick Walker, at the time of his disappearance. Neither of the men has been heard from again. Walker's photos and vital statistics are unavailable.
Elder's safety deposit box was discovered empty inside his apartment shortly afterwards. He won a $30,000 settlement from a west Dallas smelter as the result of possible lead contamination prior to his disappearance. His pickup truck was found abandoned in Lancaster, Texas.
Elder's brother received a phone call from an unidentified man in October 1997. The individual allegedly threatened Elder's brother and instructed him to leave his business alone or risk being killed. The man reportedly claimed that Elder was a homicide victim. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Dallas Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Dallas Morning News
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. February 11, 2006; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : updated.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map