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Archive for the ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Category

Arrest Made in Chelsea King Disappearance; Search for Teen Continues

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17 year old Poway High School student Chelsea King was reported missing last Thursday when she did not return from school.  Her car was found parked near Rancho Bernardo/Lake Hodges where she often ran.  Searchers combed the area and lake Friday and Saturday to no avail.  Local investigators worked with San Diego police to determine whether her disappearance was connected to an assault reported by a woman last December in the same area.

An arrest was made Sunday afternoon after evidence was discovered that linked John Albert Gardner to Chelsea’s disappearance.  Gardner, a Lake Elsinore resident, is a registered sex offender with a conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years.  The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department did not reveal what the evidence was.  The search is still underway to find Chelsea and family and neighbors continue to hope for her return.

Chelsea is white, 5 feet 5 inches and 115 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

She is due to graduate from Poway High School this spring, and is a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and a straight-A student, and has served as a peer counselor at the school.

Depuites asked anyone with information on the girl’s whereabouts to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200.


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February 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Have You Seen This Man? Temecula Bank Robber

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Police are asking for the public’s help in ID’ing a man suspected of committing at least 5 armed bank robberies in the past couple of years.

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity or location should call Inspector Jesse Martinez at 951-696-3000.

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February 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Local High Profile and Cold Case Links

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Here are some links to high profile or cold cases for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties:

Riverside County Sheriff High Profile Cases

San Bernardino County Cold Cases (sbsun.com)

San Bernardino County Police Cold Murder Cases

It really is heartbreaking to see that many unsolved murders and to think of the families who have been left with no answers.

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February 20, 2010 at 9:48 pm

The Story Continues: No Calls to Riverside Officials after Chief’s Crash

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According to policy, a City Manager or another top official should have received notification about the Chief’s (or any high profile official) car crash as soon as it was possible.  However no one from the PD made any calls, but there was an anonymous call to City Hall per Mayor Loveridge.  Per PE.com:

Assistant City Manager Tom De Santis said that normally, the chief or another top officer would call him in an incident involving a high-profile official.

But that didn’t happen when Leach was stopped, nor did anyone call City Manager Brad Hudson, City Attorney Greg Priamos or Councilman Steve Adams, De Santis said.

Instead, after crashing his Chrysler 300 into a fire hydrant and light pole and blew two tires, Mr. Leach continued driving a few more miles before being pulled over and gave him a safe and secure ride home. Sans Breathalyzer, sobriety test or any of that nonsense.  The officers report noted that he had been drinking, but with those unnamed pharmaceuticals, its hard to say what kind of cocktail had been brewing in his digestive system.

At least the CHP is investigating it now.  Hopefully it isn’t too late to get the facts in order to make a prudential judgement.

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February 19, 2010 at 12:08 am

Severed head found inside backpack in Barstow

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A man looking for cans came across a discovery that seems made for CSI: a woman’s head inside of a backpack.  DNA samples and xrays have been sent to the State for identification but investigators need the public to help identify this woman.

The head was found not far from truck stops, in the San Bernardino desert.  Bad place to end your life.

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February 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Welcome To Riverside Crime

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Living in Riverside – and loving it – means digging the good, the bad and the ugly.  This Riverside Crime blog, within a blog, attempts to bring in some of that bad and ugly into the good and the beautiful in the hopes of providing a voice for those affected by our local crime and speaking out when we can in the hopes of finding closure and solving problems if possible.  If you have been affected by crime within these city boundaries or know someone who you can lend a voice to, let us know.  We care.


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February 16, 2010 at 4:09 am