Drained Pond Reveals No Clues in Amber's Case

The search ended Saturday

By Michelle Wayland and Tony Shin
|  Sunday, Mar 7, 2010  |  Updated 10:25 AM PDT
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Police in Escondido say they have found no clues after draining a pond in the search for missing teen Amber Dubois after a woman reported her children found what looked like human hair in a park.

Lt. Craig Carter says the search at Kit Carson Park ended Saturday when police uncovered nothing of evidentiary value after draining the pond for a second day.

The woman reported Thursday night that her daughters told her in May they discovered a bag of hair there.

Carter says the woman didn't make the connection to the search for Amber until another teen -- 17-year-old Chelsea King -- vanished last week about 10 miles south in San Diego. A body presumed to be Chelsea's was found Tuesday in a shallow lakeside grave.

Amber disappeared last year while walking to school. She was 14 years old at the time.

"I'm happy that they're doing it that they're following up on any tips that are coming," said Amber’s mother Carrie Mcgonigle.

Amber's parents call the search a long shot, but they are grateful tips are once again coming in, after months of hearing virtually nothing.

"It's good that parents are both talking to their kids about it and it could jog the memory or something like that," Amber’s father Maurice Dubois said.

When asked if they believe John Gardner may be responsible for their daughter's disappearance, Amber's father says there are too any coincidences, but Amber's mother doesn't believe there is a connection at all.

"I don't want to believe that she is, because that would mean she is gone and I don't feel in my heart that she's gone," Mcgonigle said.

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