William James Elgen
Elgen, approximately 2010
Date reported missing : 12/29/2010
Missing location (approx) :
Twain Harte, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/04/1985 (36)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 6'7, 210 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Elgen's nickname is Willie. He has multiple tattoos on his shoulders, chest and abdomen.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Elgen was last seen at a cabin on Mount Provo Road in Twain Harte, California on December 29, 2010. He has never been heard from again. He lived in Modesto, California at the time of his disappearance, but had been staying at with a friend at the friend's cabin. They arrived on December 26. A few days later, the friend left to go get some supplies in town.
When Elgen's parents and two step-siblings arrived at the cabin for a surprise visit on December 29, he was gone. The door was unlocked, the power was turned off and the cabin was in disarray.
Elgen's winter coat was left behind, as was his dog. Although the dog was housebroken, it had urinated inside the cabin. His family immediately called the police.
Although the police don't believe foul play was involved in Elgen's case, his family believes he came to harm because they don't believe he would have abandoned his dog or gone outside without his coat on. Little information is available in his case, which remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
My Mother Lode
The Modesto Bee
Facebook pageheader for William Elgen
October 12, 2004. October 16, 2017; two pictures added.
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