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February 26, 2010 (Rancho Bernardo) 6 p.m. – Chelsea King remains missing, more than 24 hours after she disappeared while jogging around Lake Hodges near the Rancho Bernardo Community Center on West Bernardo Drive, where her locked car was parked. The Poway High School honor student is described as “responsible, conscientious, loving, intelligent, cherished by all who know her,” according to an e-mail sent on behalf of the family today.

NOTE:  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says her hair is dyed red; family site says strawberry blond --- early news reports said blond.

Last night, Sheriff’s search and rescue sent over 100 volunteers to search for the 17-year-old long-distance runner, who frequently takes long runs in rural areas. She parked her car after school and never returned.

A straight-A honor student, King is also a peer counselor, Clean Up San Diego volunteer, and a tutor to San Diego youth. In addition, she plays French horn in the San Diego Youth Symphony.

Blond with blue eyes, she is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.


Pomerado News reports that the Laura Recovery Center Foundation is organizing locals who want to help in the search on Saturday. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, bring a valid ID and dress for the weather, said Fiona Oberrick, a foundation member from Sabre Springs. If you volunteer, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Volunteers will be sent to assigned areas in groups of 10 to 15 volunteers for two-hour shifts between 1 and 4 p.m., she said.


Volunteers are to meet — rain or shine — at the RB United office, 11858 Bernardo Plaza Court, Suite 200 in Rancho Bernardo. It is behind Citibank. For details, call 858-485-8502.


If you have any information, call the San Diego Police Department at (619)533-2000 or, family urged. In addition, the following numbers are listed on the Sheriff’s press release: (619)565-5200. You may also call Crime Stoppers at (619)531-1500 or (619)531-1547. Callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.


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