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Father of missing Fullerton College student Lynsie Ekelund says he had concerns about suspect from ‘very beginning’

November 4, 2010 |  1:56 pm

Stewart Ekelund said knew this day would come. He said even though the police were vague, he always suspected that Christopher McAmis was the culprit in the disappearance of his daughter nearly 10 years ago.

"He was the last person that supposedly let her off," he said. "I just felt that he was the main person of interest in this from the very beginning."

Placentia police arrested McAmis last week. Officials said that after he was confronted with new evidence, he confessed and told them where they could find Lynsie Ekelund's body.

Humain remains were discovered Wednesday at that site in Santa Clarita. Although they have not been positively identified, Placentia police Det. Corinne Loomis said investigators found a blue athletic shoe at the site that they believe to be Lynsie Ekelund's.

Though some believed the Fullerton College student could have been kidnapped, or that there was a chance she was still alive, Stewart Ekelund said he never felt that way.

He said he is not in a position to criticize the Placentia Police Department and that he believes its officers worked on the case to the best of their abilities.

"It was very, very frustrating, but it's hard for me to second-guess them," he said. "One of the worst things you can do is arrest a suspect and not have enough evidence and not have it stick."

After Lynsie Ekelund disappeared, her family and friends blanketed the community with signs asking for help. Her mother published a cookbook to raise funds to aid in the search. A reward was offered.

But after about a year, Stewart Ekeland said, the tips and clues stopped coming from the public. People weren't calling to say they saw her in the grocery store or at a nightclub, he recalled.

"There was just nothing to indicate that she was alive," he said.

Now, however, he says he feels some relief.

"The long arm of the law has come to clamp down, finally," he said.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz and Sam Allen

Photo: Los Angeles County coroner investigators dig for remains as part of the Lynsie Ekelund investigation in the Santa Clarita Valley. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times