CA CA - Elaine Park, 20, Glendale, 28 Jan 2017

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  1. data_nerd_2005

    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    Potentially, but not easily. I think the best bet is to search by location. I am focusing on Instagram currently because a lot of people seem to post videos driving down the pacific coast highway in Malibu. If anybody wants to help me with this case, I have some tasks people can help with.

    1. Finding names of stores/beaches near the site where the car is found. The more names, the more Instagram locations I can search.

    2. I have made a google sheets with links to the insta pics and videos I have found during the dates (1/28-2/2) of the PCH in Malibu. If anybody has time to use google earth or zoom in to see if any cars could be Elaine's, please lmk. I am focusing on data collection right now but the analysis for clues related to Elaine (such as seeing her car or NOT seeing her car on a certain date in the location where it was found) might take a long time.

    I feel like there HAS to be some pic or video missed by police that shows her car at an earlier date. It is insane that no other proof has come forward in the busy location in which her car was found. Somebody must have recorded something, even if they don't realize that they did.
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    Ok, so far I have found 2 pics, that although too blury to zoom in, might be able to show if Elaine's car was there on the 29th. I will try to contact the people to see if they have other photos or a better quality pic of the original photo.

    Update: One of the people took a high quality drone video on the 27th at the location where the car was found. Hopefully he or people he was with might still have photos from the 27th-29th that could lead to a breakthrough !
     
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  3. Angleterre

    Angleterre Verified Law Enforcement England

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    Wow well done you
    And welcome too
    Can I ask though- what is web scraping?
     
  4. data_nerd_2005

    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    Thanks! Web scraping is the collection of large amounts of data from the internet by using code. Such as getting all pictures on Instagram that used a hashtag during a specified time range or collecting the results of a Google search for 5 pages.
     
  5. Lusitana

    Lusitana Well-Known Member

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    I think the key to solve this case is in the CCTV footage from her boyfriend's house. That is long gone though. I feel terrible for her poor mother.

    I'm sure there would be plenty of cameras around Calabasas through Malibu though. I sure hope LE checked all of those when she was reported missing.
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    This photo is from 1/29/17. I am bad with cars... do you guys think this could be Elaine's car? I think it is the location where the car was found. (I circled the car that might be hers in red)
     
  7. jash

    jash Well-Known Member

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    Looks like it could definitely be a grey 2015 Civic! Too bad can't read the plate.

    Even the proximity of the rear tire to the edge of the pavement seems to match. https://thelocalmalibu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/elaine-park-car-768x839.jpg
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    What's cool is that this pic uses a filter and if the original can be obtained (I have contacted the person who posted it & submitted a tip about the pic and him to Elaine's website-- he is the person who also took high quality drone videos on the 27th), I think it might be of higher quality where maybe a letter or 2 on the plate could be read.
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    Update: the tips email for Elaine replied saying they think it might be the car as well. In that case, Elaine's car will be confirmed as having been there since the 29th. I hate to say this, but if the suicide theory were to be correct, could there be any possible clues in pictures from the 28th or days after that I should look out for?
     
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    cpeacock1 Verified family member - Allison Renee Smith case

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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    Hello all, I am requesting help.

    I found this periscope video which is almost 40 mins long of somebody driving down to PCH on Jan 28th. If anybody has the time to go slow through it and look for Elaine's car, it would be super helpful!

    <modsnip: Please do not post names of innocent people who have no connection to the case>
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    <modsnip: Websleuths does not condone members contacting family members>

    There is SO MUCH media online from Malibu during the day she went missing that it's heartbreaking to me that nobody tried to look this up when her car was found (it is much easier to collect data a week or 2 after it was posted compared to years later).

    If anybody wants to look through the pics/vids that I've found that are near where her car was found and sometimes seem to JUST miss picturing it, I have made a (messy) google sheets of what I have collected thus far.

    ELAINE PARK

    I don't know if I will be able to solve this case, but I am confident that I can figure out if her car was in the location it was found on Jan 28th or 29th
     
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    cpeacock1 Verified family member - Allison Renee Smith case

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    @data_nerd_2005 you are very much appreciated!!

    I do t have the time to look at all the pics but at quick glance...lots of work you put into this.
     
  14. jash

    jash Well-Known Member

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    Is your theory that Elaine's car wasn't left early on the 28th where it was ultimately found? I haven't finished viewing the linked video but it seems they don't go up to Malibu at all (just took Sunset to PCH and then south to Santa Monica). Are you thinking her car might have been heading north?
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    hi, no. So, I was hoping that the end of the video (I am from the east coast and have never been to CA, so please know my knowledge is only from Google earth) where it goes into Malibu (I think Malibu based on street signs I looked up) might go near where Elaine’s car was found. I think upon further examination this weekend that it does not go up to the point where her car was found.
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    Good News: I was finalllyyyyy able to download 6,000 posts from the #Malibu on insta between the dates of 1/28/17-1/31/17. The bad news is that I now have to manually check 6k posts lol. If anybody is willing to help check some posts, please let me know! Normally I would automate deleting some of the posts, but knowing that each pic could hold a clue, I am nervous to do so. The posts are on a google sheet and basically you click a link, see if it shows the PCH or is near the area where Elaine's car was found, and mark the sheet accordingly. Thanks!
     
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    Could you share the link? As long as you prevent anyone but you from making edits, should be pretty safe to publicly post the link, right?
     
  18. data_nerd_2005

    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    I will share soon! If anybody wants edit rights and to help me, however, I am totally comfortable with that! I have backup Google sheets of all the data and Google sheets records all changes and allows you to revert back to an older version of the document. I may have come up with a code to extract captions from each post, so if that works, hopefully it will help in sorting through the posts sooner.
     
  19. HayLouise

    HayLouise Law Student

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    Also happy to help!
     
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    data_nerd_2005 Verified in Data Science & Data Engineering

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    ELAINE PARK

    This is my google sheets! The #Malibu posts are under the #Malibu tab. If you're willing to help, just send me a message on WS and request access to the sheet letting me know what your email is. :)
     

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