Search For Missing Poway Teen Continues

POSTED: 12:14 am PST February 26, 2010

About 160 sheriff's personnel and police officers trained in search and rescue combed the north Rancho Bernardo area Friday with tracking dogs for a 17-year-old Poway girl reported missing by her family after she failed to return home from an after-school run.Chelsea King is a long-distance runner and routinely runs in rural areas, said Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.After school on Thursday, she parked her car in the parking lot of the Rancho Bernardo Community Center on West Bernardo Drive in preparation for a run, Caldwell said. She never returned to her locked car, according to the spokeswoman.

A command center was set up Thursday night at the center where King's car was found. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff's department and San Diego Police Department, searched dense vegetation in the area overnight and planned to continue searching Friday, authorities said.Friday morning, law enforcement personnel from Riverside County arrived with canines to aid in the search. Additional canines from other agencies within San Diego County were also being used in the search, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Harold Turner.As of 10 a.m., the canines being used were trained in tracking, not cadaver searches, he said. Later Friday morning, boats were expected to arrive to help search Lake Hodges, which separates north Rancho Bernardo from Escondido, Turner said.A reverse 911 call was also used to ask Rancho Bernardo-area residents to report right away if they saw the teen, according to authorities.Dozens of friends and family were gathered at the command center but were not assisting in the search, authorities said.More friends of the teen, many of whom took the day off from school, spent the morning passing out fliers with a photo of King.King is white, around 5 feet 5 and 115 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. A family spokeswoman told news media at the center that King is a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony, a straight-A student and has been eagerly awaiting college acceptance letters. She is slated to graduate from Poway High School this spring, according to the spokeswoman.Anyone with information on her whereabouts was urged to call the sheriff's department at (858) 565-5200 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (619) 531-2000

No comments: