SAN FERNANDO — The FBI will be joining the Los Angeles and San Fernando police departments in their search for a 14-year-old boy who went missing amid last week’s rainstorms.
Elias Rodriguez of Pacoima was last seen about 1 p.m. on Feb. 17 leaving Cesar Chavez Learning Academies at 1001 Arroyo Ave. in San Fernando, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Elias had borrowed someone’s cellphone to call his mother at work on Friday to ask if she could pick him up, but she missed the call, police said.
Since his disappearance, a helicopter search of the Los Angeles River turned up nothing and the boy’s distraught parents pleaded for information about their son at a news conference at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station.
The FBI is expected to announce at a news conference in San Fernando this morning that it will be assisting in the search for Elias.
Elias’ mother, Pahola Mascorro, said friends and family members have conducted their own searches for the boy and remain desperate to know where he is.
“We just need him to come home and (to) know he’s OK,” she said.
Elias has not run away before and his disappearance is out of character, police said.
Rodriguez is Latino, 5 feet 4, about 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the LAPD’s Mission Station at (818) 838-9800.
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