Eli grew up a small town boy and the son of a farmer. He grew up knowing the ins and outs of growing crops and living off the land. After school, Eli left to join the army where he found his way to the army ranger as a sniper, which came naturally to him with all his years of hunting and growing up on the farm. Eli would stay in the army for about 10 years, where he met his love and wife Jelena Savelievna. It was love at first sight for him and her, she was an Army medic. Upon Eli coming out of the army, she came out just a few months after him, after such they would move to the home of her grandparents that was left to her back in Chernarus in the small town of Khlem. There they would have a great five years together, with Jelena working at the hospital in Berezino and Eli working the dock in Svetlojarsk. The outbreak happened and everything changed for him; he lost the love of his life as the hospital in Berezino was overrun. Now, Eli travels around looking for food, helping who he can and staying away from the ones that look not so friendly.