'Help us find my son,' mother pleads after wrecked SUV, surveillance video discovered

Posted at 10:57 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 09:28:49-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A mother is pleading for the public's help as the search continues for a 32-year-old Petersburg man missing since Saturday.

Thursday marked five days since Eli Cranston was seen leaving the Petersburg home he shares with his mother. He got in his SUV and headed to work Saturday evening, according to Hazel Graves, Cranston's mother.

"His work hours after from 11 p.m. at night until 7:30 in the morning," Graves said. "He works in Hopewell for a group home. He never showed up for work."

Police discovered Cranston's wrecked SUV along Courthouse Road near near Bull Hill Road in Prince George County around 4 a.m. Sunday.

"That's in route to him going to work," Graves explained.

Petersburg Police canvassed that area of Prince George County with no luck.

"We've gone out twice with our bloodhounds doing tracks trying to locate him," Capt. Emanuel Chambliss with Petersburg Police said. "We've deployed our drones in an attempt to locate him."

Then home surveillance video from Saturday night that surfaced Wednesday offered a new clue in the case.

"That shows our victim running across their front yard," Chambliss pointed out. "He's running from the scene where the vehicle crashed."

However, Graves said she was concerned by the video.

"He was running and he was looking back," she said. "So now once I see that video... I just feel like something's wrong."

Family members discovered one of Cranston's flip-flops about a hundred yards from the crash site.

With no leads, family members are pleading for the public to be on the lookout for Cranston.

"Please help us find my son," Graves cried. "Please help us find my son."

Family members are urging anyone in the Bull Hill Road or Courthouse Road area who saw or heard anything that might help investigators, to call Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

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