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No clues found about missing Escondido teen

March 6, 2010 |  7:14 pm


Federal, county and local police agencies in Escondido have concluded a two-day search for clues connected to last year's disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Dubois at a small pond in Kit Carson Park, which is two miles north from where Poway High School senior Chelsea King went missing last week.

Law enforcement officials said a body discovered Tuesday in a shallow grave on a tributary of Lake Hodges is that of King, though a positive identification has yet to be made. The 17-year-old high school senior went missing Feb. 25 after going for a jog at the lakeside park.

Meanwhile, authorities in Escondido say they were focusing their search efforts at Kit Carson Park after receiving a recent report that children had found what looked like human hair in a plastic bag last May, about two months after Amber Dubois had been reported missing.

"Investigators located a portion of the bag that we believe may have been the bag the youth discovered in May 2009," said Escondido Police Lt. Craig Carter in a statement. "Detectives have concluded that no evidence of hair was present in or around the recovered bag."

Authorities said no other evidence was found in the search.

Dubois, who was 14 when she disappeared, was last seen walking to Escondido High School in the morning of Feb. 13, 2009. Her case has received renewed attention after a registered sex offender was arrested in the rape and murder of Chelsea King.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: Amber Dubois. Credit: FBI

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