Amber Dubois’ family hosting search-rescue classes

Starting tonight, the family of slain Escondido teenager Amber Dubois, who was missing for more than a year when her body was found, will host a three-day search-and-rescue training class.

Amber was 14 when she disappeared while walking to Escondido High School in February 2008. Despite searches by hundreds of volunteers, she remained missing for more than a year, until remains were found March 6 in Pala, about 25 miles north of her home.

The class is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It being taught by Brad Dennis of the KlaasKIDS Foundation Search Center, which is named after 12-year-old Polly Klaas, who was kidnapped and killed in Northern California in 1993.

Today and Friday, the class will meet at the family’s former search-and- rescue headquarters at 755 N. Quince St. in Escondido. Saturday’s meeting will be in the field.

Participants will learn about tracking, preserving a crime scene and other search-and-rescue tactics.

The cost is $125 per person and includes class materials and a certificate of completion.

No one has been arrested in Amber’s death, but convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III, 30, is a focal point of the investigation, according to Escondido police.

Gardner is jailed on charges of raping and murdering 17-year-old Chelsea King of Poway on Feb. 25. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 4.

Related posts:

  1. Remains of Amber Dubois found in Pala
  2. Amber Dubois’ father reacts at Gardner’s arraignment
  3. Memorial for Amber Dubois planned for March 27
  4. Mourners remember Amber Dubois during vigil
  5. Memorial draws tears for Amber Dubois and a call to action

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