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Arrived in Salem in winter 2017, assumed to be in his late 20s
The Martin House in Salem (Julie bought it for him)
Formerly somewhere in Salem
Formerly in Washington D.C.
David Banning (father)
Valerie Grant (mother)
David Martin (paternal grandfather; deceased)
Julie Olsen (paternal grandmother)
Paul Grant (maternal grandfather)
Helen Grant (maternal grandmother)
Ben Olsen (paternal great-grandfather) (deceased)
Adelaide Horton (paternal great-grandmother; deceased)
Thomas Horton, Sr. (paternal great-great-grandfather; deceased)
Alice Grayson Horton (paternal great-great-grandmother; deceased)
Sid Grayson (paternal great-great-great-grandfather; deceased)
Abigail Grayson (paternal great-great-great-grandmother; deceased)
Sid Grayson (paternal biological great-great-great-grandfather; deceased)
Abigail Grayson (paternal biological great-great-great-grandmother; deceased)
Richard Martin (paternal uncle; deceased)
Annie Peters (paternal adoptive half-aunt)
Robert Anderson Jr. (paternal biological half-uncle; deceased)
Danny Grant (maternal uncle)
Steven Olson (paternal biological great-uncle)
Hope Williams (paternal biological great-half-aunt)
Tommy Horton Jr. (paternal biological great-great-uncle)
Mickey Horton (paternal biological great-great-uncle; deceased)
Bill Horton (paternal biological great-great-uncle)
Marie Horton (paternal biological great-great-aunt)
Spencer Olson (paternal biological first cousin once removed)
Shawn-Douglas Brady (paternal biological first half-cousin once removed)
Zack Brady (paternal biological first half-cousin once removed; deceased)
Ciara Brady (paternal biological first half-cousin once removed)
Claire Brady (paternal biological second half-cousin)
Sandy Horton (paternal biological first cousin twice removed)
Melissa Horton (paternal first cousin twice removed; via adoption)
Sarah Horton (paternal biological first cousin twice removed; via adoption)
Mike Horton (paternal biological first cousin twice removed)
Jennifer Horton (paternal biological first cousin twice removed)
Lucas Horton (paternal biological first cousin twice removed)
Jessica Blake (paternal biological first cousin twice removed)
Jeremy Horton (paternal biological second cousin once removed)
Nathan Horton (paternal second cousin once removed; via adoption)
Abigail Deveraux (paternal biological second cousin once removed)
Jack Deveraux Jr. (paternal biological second cousin once removed)
Will Horton (paternal biological second cousin once removed; deceased)
Alice Caroline Horton (paternal second cousin once removed)
Nick Fallon (paternal second cousin once removed; deceased)
Arianna Grace Horton (paternal second cousin twice)
Thomas Deveraux (paternal biological second cousin twice removed)
Lani Price (flirtation, kissed)
Gabi Hernandez (dated)
Eli came to Salem in February 2017 to confront his mother about his paternity. Eli explained that he had been curious about his dad's family and had realized that Terrence Grant was not his biological father, as his mother had told him. Eli ran a DNA test and resources at the FBI led him to Salem and David Banning. Eli hoped Valerie would tell him and the Horton family the truth. But, Eli got word that David had died before that happened.
Eli was furious with his mother for keeping the secret. He kept her at arm's length while he explored his Horton roots. Julie was thrilled to meet her grandson and welcomed Eli to the family. Eli received a transfer from the FBI to work in Salem, so he made Salem his permanent home.
Eli began casually dating Gabi Hernandez. Though she was honest with him that she wasn't over Chad, the two enjoyed getting to know each other. However, when Chad was single again, Eli knew he couldn't compete so he bowed out.
He turned his attention toward Lani, who was having problems with her boyfriend, J.J. The two bonded when they were investigating Deimos Kiriakis on kidnapping charges. The case took them to Greece, where they got stranded on an island after a plane crash with Sonny, Paul, J.J., Gabi and Chad. John and Marlena rescued them from the island. Eli's brush with death helped patch things up with his mom as well.
Julie was so happy when they were rescued and brought back to Salem, she bought the Martin House for Eli and threw a party for him. Furious that his enemies were getting the best of him, Deimos disguesed himself as a bartender and drugged the Champaign toast at the party. Eli and Lani kissed while on the drug and woke up on the couch together. The two had no idea what happened -- nor did anyone else at the party.
But, the next morning they found Deimos dead. Everyone at the party was a suspect.