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By Miriam Raftery

October 10, 2015 (El Cajon ) – The family of Elijah “Bear” Diaz, 20,  who vanished on August 29th, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and raffle at Barona Clubhouse on October 23, 2015 at 6 p.m. 

“Since we believe Bear is not missing on his own terms, the family has hired a private investigator which these funds will go toward,” Katey Hoffman told East County Magazine. She is working with Lelanie Thompson,  Bear’s mother.

The cost is $10 and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and desert.  Raffle tickets are $5 and prizes include jewelry, art, cooking wares, and gift cards.  Donations of additional raffle prizes are welcome.

Bear is a diabetic who left with only enough insulin for a week, missing several doctor’s appointments. He had a serious foot injury and was last seen on crutches.  A private investigator hired by the family called his disappearance “suspicious,” NBC 7 reported. His family remains deeply concerned for his wellbeing.

He is 5.10”, approximately 110 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. 

If you have information about this missing young man, please contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311. You can also visit a Facebook page set up at

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