Family’s appeal to find car a success, but adult son still missing
JEFF HODSON/METRO VANCOUVER
The mysterious disappearance of her 25-year-old son is like living a nightmare, the mother of Kellen McElwee said yesterday.
"Nothing prepares you for this," said Paula McElwee, standing with her husband Len only metres from her vanished son’s car, which was recovered by police late Monday night.
"You have a 25-year-old son who has made his way in the world. He’s doing well and he disappears off the face of the earth. … How could this possibly be happening?"
Kellen McElwee, a former bodybuilder who worked at a Rogers call centre, was last seen Wednesday night having dinner with some work friends at The Keg in Langley.
Paula McElwee said her son took pride in eating the right things and building his muscles, but admits she was a bit shocked by photos of her son released by police. She didn’t know that he had dragon tattoos on his left shoulder.
"But that’s what kids do today. He looks tough, but he’s really a gentle bear."
On Sunday, Paula and Len McElwee appealed to the public to help find their son’s car, a 2006 bronze Honda Civic.
The vehicle was discovered in Burnaby late Monday night by a citizen patrol. It was parked in the 5100 block of Halifax Street, near Brentwood Mall.
Paula McElwee said they don’t know anyone in the neighbourhood and don’t know why their son’s car might be parked there.