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Missing from Los Angeles: Maricela Garcia & two new cases

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Elaine Park’s car was found near a Malibu, California, beach Thursday, three days after her family reported the 20-year-old woman missing following a date with her boyfriend. Park, a Korean-American from Glendale, California, left her car keys, cell phone and other personal items in the 2015 Honda Civic which was parked on Pacific Coast Highway.

Will Cierzan, 58, vanished without a trace from the kitchen of his Valencia, California, home after cooking dinner for his wife n the evening of January 28. Security camera video does not show Cierzan, who works at a gift shop at Six Flags Magic Mountain, leaving the home. His wife found the cooked chicken on the stove when she arrived home from work. Her husband’s keys and wallet were there and his truck was parked outside.

The Park and Cierzan cases come on the heels of another Los Angeles County mystery, the disappearance of Maricela Garcia while shopping at a Goodwill store in Reseda, California, on January 12. CrimeOnline’s Alan Duke has learned that a new private investigator has joined the search for answers and a reward is now being offered for tips.

Nancy Grace talks with Duke about these missing persons investigations in Friday’s episode of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.”

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Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.