Demetrius Jermain Elder

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Above: Elder, circa 1997

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 25, 1997 from Dallas, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 14, 1976
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 215 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Elder may have a mustache, beard or a goatee. He has a tattoo on his right arm with a picture of his late father, Monroe Elder Jr., with the dates "1935 - 1995" and the phrase "I Believe." Elder's nickname is Skee-Boo.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white Nike t-shirt, aqua Nike warm-up pants, blue Nike tennis shoes and possibly a gold chain with a pendant reading "SKEE." A photograph of the pendant is posted below this case summary.
  • Medical Conditions: Elder is diabetic.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Elder was last seen at a residence on Dryden Avenue in Dallas, Texas on September 25, 1997. He was accompanied by his friend, Demerick Walker, at the time of his disappearance. Neither of the men has been heard from again. Walker's photos and vital statistics are unavailable.

    Elder's safety deposit box was discovered empty inside his apartment shortly afterwards. He won a $30,000 settlement from a west Dallas smelter as the result of possible lead contamination prior to his disappearance. His pickup truck was found abandoned in Lancaster, Texas. Elder's brother received a phone call from an unidentified man in October 1997. The individual allegedly threatened Elder's brother and instructed him to leave his business alone or risk being killed. The man reportedly claimed that Elder was a homicide victim. His case remains unsolved.

    Skee Pendant
    Above: Elder's "SKEE" pendant

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dallas Police Department
    214-671-4316

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The Dallas Morning News
    The Doe Network

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 11, 2006; Clothing/Jewelry Description updated.

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