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Amber Dubois' remains found north of Escondido

March 7, 2010 |  4:15 pm

Dubois Authorities have discovered the skeletal remains of Amber Dubois, the 14-year-old girl who disappeared last year on her way to Escondido High School.

Police had re-focused attention on the case this week after a registered sex offender was arrested in the murder of Chelsea King, a high school senior from nearby Poway.

Amber's remains were discovered Saturday afternoon in a remote area near Pala in northern San Diego County, Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher said.

Investigators were following up on an unspecified lead and did not say if her death is connected to Chelsea King's. John Albert Gardner, 30, faces murder charges in that potential death penalty case.

[Update 5:40 p.m. Amber was last seen walking to school at 7:10 a.m. Feb. 13, 2009, carrying a $200 check to purchase a lamb for her 4-H project. Family and friends have described Amber as a bookish, sheltered girl who loved animals, including wolves. 

Family and friends had spent months distributing fliers seeking information about Dubois’ disappearance. The FBI’s website sought anyone who might have seen a red pickup truck in the school”s parking lot, near where Amber was last seen. 

The teen was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants and two rings, a blue sapphire ring worn on her middle left finger. She was also wearing a silver claddagh ring, which is a traditional Irish ring given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring.]

-- Richard Marosi

Photo: Amber Dubois. Credit: FBI

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