Amber DuBois vigil to be held after remains found

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Amber DuboisIt seems San Diego has been rocked by our fair share of tragedy over the last few weeks. A week after the tragic discovery of the body of Poway teen Chelsea King, the remains of another San Diego teen, Amber DuBois have been found.

A resident of Escondido, DuBois, 14, was last seen on February 13, 2009 walking to school alone. Her remains were found early Saturday morning in Pala, a rural area of North County in San Diego. The remains were confirmed to be those of Amber DuBois due to dental records that matched the skeletal remains.

The investigation of DuBois’ death is still ongoing, and its possible connection with the death of Chelsea King is still unknown, although experts say that a connection is unlikely. Many casual observers as well as the father of Amber DuBois suspects that the same man may be behind his daughter’s death, noting their similar features and nearby residence. Further information for Jim Maher, Escondido Police Chief, has been limited due to the ongoing investigation.

John Albert Gardner III, who appeared in court last Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the charges of raping and murdering Chelsea King, is still being investigated for any connections between the deaths of the two girls. Gardner has already served five years in prison for molesting his 13 year old neighbor. He was released in 2008 and has since been a registered sex offender in Escondido.

The year-long search for Amber DuBois has involved faithful community members, numerous investigations, and a website determined to “Bring Amber Home.”  A candlelight vigil will be held for Amber DuBois 6:30 pm Monday in front of Escondido High School.

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