Authorities say that police have arrested John Albert Gardner, 30, in connection to the mysterious disappearance of Chelsea King last week. Citing strong physical evidence as a factor, they arrested the registered sex offender Sunday, February 28, 2010.
Chelsea King, 17, from Poway County, CA., went missing last Thursday.
John Albert Gardner Arrested In Disappearance Of Chelsea King ( Video )
Video after the jump.
Chelsea King, 17, young, beautiful honor student went for a run in broad daylight last Thursday afternoon.
She was last seen jogging near Rancho Bernardo park.
Kelly and Brent King, parent’s of Chelsea, describe their daughter as “She is every parent’s dream, bright, outgoing and compassionate.”
Now police have arrested John Albert Gardner after police linked him to Chelsea King through hard physical evidence.
We are hearing possibly DNA, and also hearing that her clothes have been found and there is a water search taking place at this time. While the police are saying there is still hope they will find Chelsea alive, they are considering rape and murder charges for John Gardner.
It doesn’t make sense to me either!
San Diego Police Chief Bill Gore said “specific criminal charges are still being determined.”
John Albert Gardner is from Lake Elsinore, roughly 75 miles north of San Diego, CA. He is required under Megan’s Law to register as a sex offender. He was required to register as a sex offender after his conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.
He is also a suspect in the assault of a jogger from Colorado Springs last December 27th. Rancho Bernardo park is full of running trails and quite popular with joggers and others.
I hate to type it, but as the day wears on and more information becomes available, Chelsea King’s story is unlikely to have a positive outcome.
John Gardner, while a suspect, is still innocent until proven otherwise and we must not forget that.
However, I can’t help but wonder if the ” John Albert Gardner Arrested In Disappearance Of Chelsea King ” story will be the catalyst to bringing about change. Real change, as in a one strike law for sex offenders.
Were John Gardner in jail, the missing Chelsea King would be a non-story.
We offer our prayers and support to the King family and friends.
Is it time to revise our sex offender laws?
Update 3/2/2010 here