Although the searches conducted in the Rancho Bernardo Community Park and the areas surrounding it and Lake Hodges have not led to the recovery of missing Poway High School senior Chelsea King, investigators have found several items of interest, according to San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore. What kind of interest they hold for the Chelsea King investigation and whether or not they have given law enforcement a specific direction in the case of the missing teen is uncertain, as Sheriff Gore did not elaborate on the findings. But potential leads are always a source of hope…
The FBI joined in the search for the missing teen Friday. They are currently searching through Chelsea King’s electronic communications on her personal computer and her cell phone, hoping to cull possible leads from her personal traffic.
The FBI are working on the supposition that Chelsea King did not run away from home and was possibly abducted. Her history – straight-A student, cross country runner, involved – indicates that she was not a runaway. Finding her vehicle in a parking area of the Rancho Bernardo Community Park also indicates that she was interrupted in her regular behavior. Chelsea King’s cell phone was found in the car along with her school clothes. Investigators believe that the teen, a member of the Poway High School cross country team, was doing exactly what she told a classmate she was going to do — going for a run in the park after school.
When she didn’t return home Thursday afternoon, Chelsea’s parents, Brent and Kelly King, called police.
Searches have been ongoing since the missing report went out. Volunteers have united with law enforcement and area rescue workers, scouring the park and the community around it, hoping to turn up something that might indicate the missing teen’s whereabouts. A massive search effort organized by the Laura Recovery Center, which assists searches for children nationwide, brought out an unprecedented number of volunteers on Saturday.
Thus far, however, search efforts, which include dog teams, divers, helicopters, and even high school friends, have failed to find the 17-year-old.
But the search efforts, along with the work being done by the FBI and tracing the significance of the aforementioned items found in the searches, aren’t the only investigative paths being taken to find Chelsea King. Connections with other cases are being examined.
Back on December 27, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a female jogger was tackled by a man in the same area. The victim of that attack escaped her assailant when she elbowed him in the face.
Authorities are also looking into whether or not there may be connections with other disappearances in the area, such as that of Amber Dubois, a 15-year-old who went missing in Escondido, a town adjacent to Poway, in February of last year.
Investigations depend on leads to remain strong and ongoing, and it is an investigative constant that the relative importance of a given piece of information is unknown, which is why investigators invite anyone with any information about a case to contact authorities and offer said information. What seems insignificant might just hold the key to a case.
Anyone with any information regarding the disappearance or possible whereabouts of missing Poway teen Chelsea King are urged to contact