Elijah Hassan Moore
Elijah, approximately 2016; Yellow shirt Elijah was wearing
Date reported missing : 11/04/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/03/1999 (21)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 165 - 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black or gray hooded Acife sweatshirt, a yellow t-shirt with the Yolo County Construction Program logo, khaki Ben Davis pants, tan steel-toed work boots, white headphones and a green Volcom backpack. A photo of Elijah's t-shirt is posted with this case summary; it has the letters "NCCT", short for Northern California Construction Training, on the sleeve.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Elijah has a burn scar on his left hand, and his right thumb has been previously fractured. He has dimples in his cheeks. His nickname is Eli.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Elijah was last seen in Woodland, California on November 4, 2016, the day after his seventeenth birthday. He attended school that day, then cashed a check at California Check Cashing in the 100 block of Main Street.
He has never been heard from again. His mother reported him missing on November 6. A text messAge at the time of disappearance: sent from Elijah's cellular phone to a friend that same day said Elijah was en route to the San Francisco Bay area.
Elijah and his close friend Enrique Rios both attended Cesar Chavez Community School in Woodland. They attended classes in the morning and worked for the Northern California Construction Training program at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in the afternoon, earning money while learning carpentry skills.
Enrique went Missing location (approx) : his Esparto, California home three weeks before Elijah also disappeared. The two boys had other things in common: both of them were on probation for being involved in the same fight.
For the first few weeks, for lack of any evidence to the contrary, Enrique's case was treated as a runaway by authorities. It wasn't until after Elijah also disappeared that police began to look into other theories to explain what happened.
Elijah's family stated he was happy with his life and close to his mother and older brother, and that he was looking forward to attending college and possibly getting a degree in construction manAge at the time of disappearance: ment. Although Enrique had run away from home before for a couple of days at a time, Elijah had no history as a runaway.
Investigators and the Moore and Rios families believe the two boys' disappearances are related. Although many Age at the time of disappearance: ncies continue to classify them as runaways, Enrique and Elijah are considered missing under suspicious circumstances. Their cases remain unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Woodland Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Federal Bureau of Investigation
California Attorney General's Office
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