UPDATE: Police Narrow Search For Missing Teen, Parents Plead For Help

An urgent search is underway for a missing teen in Southern California. More than 100 investigators and volunteers scoured the shoreline along Lake Hodges for any sign of Chelsea King.

Searchers found a piece of her clothing in the area, and investigators are focusing on about 14 miles of shoreline, along with the Lake.

Sources tell the local NBC station that DNA on the clothing led them to a registered sex offender, John Gardner III, who was arrested Sunday. Gardner has been booked for investigation of murder and remains in custody without bail.

Meanwhile, the parents of the missing 17-year-old are pleading for people to come forward with information about her whereabouts.

Brent King told The Associated Press Monday that he last saw his daughter Chelsea King on Wednesday after she played French horn in a school concert.

He found her 1994 BMW parked at a San Diego park late Thursday.

The parents say Chelsea is a straight-A student who ran cross-county and is active in her school's peer counseling program.

Original Story:
A suburban San Diego teenager is still missing after going for a run three days ago in a park but a registered sex offender from Southern California has been arrested in her disappearance.

The arrest came after some 1,400 volunteers scoured Rancho Bernardo Community Park for 17-year-old Chelsea King over the weekend. They were joined by about 120 law enforcement personnel.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore says investigators searching the park found evidence that led to the arrest of 30-year-old John Albert Gardner of Riverside County.

Gore told the Associated Press in an interview that investigators discovered physical evidence linking Gardner to the case. He would not elaborate.

Investigators believe Gardner may also be tied to a December 27th assault on a female jogger from Colorado Springs, Colo. in the park, a popular regional recreation area full of running trails.


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