After one year, missing persons cases still raise questions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A year ago, twin mysteries struck central California, forever changing the lives of two families.

A 22-year-old student who left his phone, wallet and car behind, and two young boys were missing in their adoptive parents’ garden. Neither was found.

National racquetball champion and engineering student at UC Santa Cruz, Dane Elkins apparently abandoned his car with a flat tire just north of Santa Clarita.

“I miss him, obviously, a lot,” said Dane’s brother Cody. “I miss all the life lessons he taught me. He was a big brother; Hope to see him soon, it’s been a really long time. I hope he’s okay wherever he is, and I like him.

He had recently suffered from mental distress, according to his mother.

“He’s a wonderful brother, he’s a wonderful son,” said Deborah Elkins. “He’s just suffering from what a lot of people have, a mental illness.”

Elkins was reportedly seen in Oakdale, Mojave, and the Kern River Valley.

Meanwhile, the search continues for Orrin and Orson West.

{Keisha Stevenson / Biological Family Friend}

“I don’t feel like they’re dead,” said the boys’ biological family friend Keisha Stevenson. “I feel like someone has them, and they might not be in California.”

Orrin, 4, and Orson, 3, were reported missing by their adoptive parents, who say they disappeared from the family garden. The mission to find the two has been a long one and, so far, has prompted more questions than answers.

Anyone with information about the boys or their disappearance is asked to call the Kern Secret Witness hotline at 661-322-4040.