Claim: A 17-year-old girl named Chelsea King is missing from her San Diego-area home.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2010]
Hello all, Our beloved Chelsea went missing yesterday afternoon in Poway, CA. Attached is a recent photo of her and below is some basic information. Please forward this to everyone you know.
5’5, 115 pounds
Blond Hair, Blue eyes
Senior at Poway High School
Honor Student, straight A’s
Cross Country Runner
Clean Up San Diego Volunteer
Tutor to San Diego Youth
Responsible, Conscientious, Loving, Intelligent, Cherished by all who know her
Her car was located thurs late afternoon (2/25) in the Rancho Bernardo Community center parking lot. We believe she went running.
If you have ANY Information at all, please contact the
Origins: On Thursday,
On 2 March 2010, the body of Chelsea King was found in a shallow grave near Lake Hodges.
On 16 April 2010, Gardner pled guilty to the rape and murder of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. During his allocution, he also admitted to the attempted rape of the female jogger mentioned above. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and waived his right to appeal.
Last updated: 20 April 2010
ABC News. “Parents Watch as Sex Offender Admits Killing Teens.” 6 April 2010. CNN. “Man Arrested in Teen’s Disappearance.” 1 March 2010. 10 News [San Diego]. “Search Intensifies for Missing Poway Teen; Sex Offender Held.” 1 March 2010.