A 17-year-old Poway High School student, Chelsea King, has been missing since Thursday after going for a run in the Rancho Bernardo Community Park near Lake Hodges. A straight-A student and cross country runner, authorities are treating the disappearance as a missing person case at present, finding nothing to cause them to believe that Chelsea King may have been the victim of foul play. However, as time goes by without discovering a trace of the student, family, friends, and investigators are beginning to worry.
Chelsea King’s car was found in a parking lot of the park and had been towed to the sheriff’s lab Thursday night, according to Sign On San Diego. Her cell phone had been locked inside the vehicle.
Thus far, about 75 search-and-rescue workers have gone over the area with the help of another 150 searchers from surrounding cities. Dogs and helicopters had helped scour the area. Divers searched the waterways for the missing Poway girl as well.
Chelsea King’s parents, Brent and Kelly, issued a plea from the Rancho Bernardo Community Park Thursday. Her father praised the efforts of the investigators in their searches. Kelly King said through tears, “Anybody out there, if you know anything about her, please just help us bring her home. She’s such a good girl.”
Chelsea King’s Poway High cross country coach told authorities that his runners often ran in the park. “It’s a beautiful run,” he said, but the girls are cautioned to never run there alone.
Sign On San Diego noted that there had been reports of radio traffic about the discovery of a tennis shoe and a pedometer in the search area, but officials would not comment on the veracity of the reports.
On Thursday afternoon, Carrie McGonigle, whose 15-year-old daughter, Amber Dubois, went missing from nearby Escondido last year while walking to school, showed up to offer support and to help out. The missing teen had no history of running away from home. Police labeled the case suspicious but Amber Dubois has never been found, her case still listed as endangered missing.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists 58 children and teens — including Chelsea King and Amber Dubois — at present that have gone missing — and, unfortunately, remain missing — in the state of California within the past year.
Chelsea King is described as 5′ 5″, with blond hair and blue eyes, weighing about 115 pounds.
Anyone having any information about Chelsea King are urged to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (619) 531-2000.