– We heard there had been sightings of Elliott in various places in Norrbotten. But it turned out not to be him. We still don't know where he is; he could be anywhere, says Elliott's mother.
The family wants Elliott's name and picture to be published, and they urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the police.
Elliott is 186 centimeters tall and has short, light hair. He is believed to be driving a dark grey 2004 Volvo S80 sedan and was last seen driving towards Norrbotten on November 28. That evening, his cell phone in Jävre rang and has since been turned off.
– Everything was normal at the beginning of the week, and we have no explanation as to why he went to Norrbotten. It's very mysterious and we need help to find him, Elliott's mother said on Sunday.
The initial handling of the disappearance was done by the on-call police, but it has now been transferred to the serious crimes department, where David Helgesson is in charge.
He says the case is being handled by an investigator, and that a search has not yet begun because it's not yet clear where to start looking.
– Based on the information collected, if we know the person is in a certain area, a search can be launched, Helgesson adds:
– When a person is reported missing, we consider two things: if there is a danger to life and health, and if there is a suspicion of a crime.
In both cases, whether there is a danger to life and health or a suspicion of a crime having been committed, significant search or investigation efforts can be initiated, Helgesson explains.
– But so far, there's nothing to indicate that he's in dannger or that a crime has been committed, so we continue to work as normal.
There have been reports of sightings to the police that have been deemed to be current and interesting, and they are now in the process of being processed.
Witnesses and relatives have been interviewed and, according to Helgesson, more interviews will be conducted.
The police are still interested in sightings from the public regarding Elliott or the gray Volvo, both in Västerbotten and in other counties.
– In order to know where to search, we need information from the public or other sources.
Martin Persson of Missing People told Norran over the weekend that Elliott's cell phone had been switched off since Tuesday evening, making the search difficult.
Now he says sightings have come in from several places in Norrbotten.
– It is good that there have been sightngs, because before we had none. It was just the phone in Jävre; but now we have something to work with.
While the police work on the tips they have received, Persson is doing his bit. Among other things, he has contacted taxi companies in the areas of Norrbotten where sightings have been reported, in the hope that the drivers will be vigilant during their journeys.
Do you usually do this?
– Yes. You have to think outside the box and use whichever resources are available. We have to help each other find missing people, and the taxi companies are willing. They have hundreds of cars out there, and their drivers are trained and attentive, he says, adding:
– We are exploring various approaches to assist the family in locating Elliott.
As of 9 p.m. Monday night, there was no word from the police or Missing People that Elliott had been found.
Have you seen Elliott? Call the police on telephone number 114 .