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Park is searched for clues about girl missing for a year

March 5, 2010 |  7:33 pm

Click to zoom.Authorities are investigating a bag found in a park north of San Diego in connection with the disappearance of a girl last year in the same area where Poway High School senior Chelsea King went missing last week.

Law enforcement officials said there is a strong likelihood that a body discovered Tuesday in a shallow grave on a tributary of Lake Hodges is that of King, but no official identification has been made.

Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter said the bag was originally discovered by three young boys in Kit Carson Park last May. The boys told their parents that the bag contained what looked like human hair. After the King investigation revived reports of 14-year-old Amber Dubois' disappearance in February 2009, one of the boys’ mother recalled the conversation with the children and alerted police to the bag, Carter said.

Authorities have been searching the pond area since 8 a.m. Friday. They found a shredded bag with no hair in it, Carter said. It is unclear whether the bag is the same one that the children found last year, he said.

A full search of the area will be conducted Friday night and Saturday, including draining a pond in the search for clues, Carter said.

--Amina Khan

Photo of Dubois. FBI