Remains of Amber Dubois found in Pala

Skeletal remains found in Pala were those of missing Escondido teenager Amber Dubois, the Escondido Police Department announced
Sunday.

Amber was 14 when she went missing more than a year ago while walking to Escondido High School.

Despite a months-long search by law enforcement, family and volunteers, her body was not found until this weekend.

“The discovery was made in the early morning hours of Saturday, in a
very rugged and remote section of Pala,” Escondido police Chief Jim Maher said at a news conference.

Pala is in northern San Diego County, about 25 miles from Escondido.

The chief said detectives were following a lead when her body was found.

“Positive identification was subsequently made by the San Diego County
Medical Examiner’s Office late Saturday afternoon by way of a dental records comparison,” Maher said. “Her parents were notified in person by Escondido and sheriff’s investigators Saturday night.

Maher did not take questions because of the ongoing investigation.

Amber returned to public attention since the arrest of John Albert
Gardner III, 30, in connection with the disappearance and death of 17-year-old Chelsea King in nearby Rancho Bernardo.

Gardner is a registered sex offender who lived in Escondido when Amber
disappeared. Investigators were looking into any involvement he might have had
with the girl, or in other unsolved crimes.

Because Maher did not take questions, the source of the tip or any
possible role played by Gardner was unknown.

Amber’s father, Maurice Dubois, took a moment to thank everyone in the
search for Amber, especially the hundreds of volunteers who looked for the girl every weekend for much of last year.

“They were the most dedicated people you could ever imagine,” Maurice
Dubois said. “Without them, we couldn’t have done anything.”

The announcement came a day after investigators searched for evidence in Amber’s disappearance in a pond at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

Police were tipped Thursday that last May, three girls found a black
plastic bag and human hair at the edge of a pond, said Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter.

Detectives found a bag Thursday night, but it contained only mud and
debris, Carter said. It was given to the FBI to analyze.

Related posts:

  1. Amber Dubois’ father reacts at Gardner’s arraignment
  2. Effort to rename park where Chelsea King died under way
  3. Police think Gardner may be connected to Lake Elsinore case
  4. Search for Chelsea King continues
  5. Child pulled from 4S Ranch pool dies

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=6066

Posted by on Mar 7, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Alumni and Advancement Center named for longtime supporters Larry and Cindy Bloch of Rancho Santa Fe
    The University of Rochester’s Alumni and Advancement Center in Rochester, N.Y. has been renamed the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center in recognition of the couple’s support of the university and, in particular, its Advancement programs. In a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 15, UR President Joel Seligman formally dedicated the center in honor of […]
  • RSF Association Board Biz: It’s fire season: Be prepared
    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) was officially formed in 1946, in the aftermath of a devastating fire that took place in 1943 and destroyed brush, farmland and homes from Rancho Bernardo through Rancho Santa Fe, all the way to Solana Beach and Del Mar. Today the Fire District spans 38 square miles and protects nearly 30,000 residents. W […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders
    Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has be […]