On February 13th, I posted a blog about the missing girl from my neighborhood named Amber Dubois. Many of my blogger friends expressed concerns and prayers for her safe return.
Now there is another girl missing. This girl is from a town a few miles to the south of Escondido. Her name is Chelsea King- a senior in high school and cross country team member. Her plan was to do a long run along the trails in the Lake Hodges area. She hasn't been seen since Thursday afternoon. She was out running in the middle of the day!
This has been on my heart all day. Not only is another lovely teenage girl missing, she is missing from an area I have run several times, myself. I have so many emotions brewing... sadness for her family, anger, and helplessness.
I have run those trails. I often run them alone. Not anymore. The police found her parked car at a local park, which is near the start of the trails. Her car was locked and still held her wallet, street clothes, and cell phone.
I don't know why she didn't take her cell phone on her run... perhaps because some of the area has no reception. Maybe she had nowhere to comfortably put it. Maybe she felt safe enough. It doesn't really matter, now. Personally, I don't think a cell phone would be helpful if she was abducted. I carry mine in case I fall and hurt myself, not because it makes me feel safer from predators.
I mention abduction, but I pray that isn't what happened to her.
My running group was supposed to do a trail run in the area tomorrow. It has been moved to another location out of respect to the family and in order to not interfere with searches. My group is also hoping to assist in the search, if they need volunteers. I have an appointment tomorrow but I'm hoping I will be able to join the group of volunteers later in the day.
Please, pray for Chelsea. Pray that she gets home safely.
Here is the link to the story, if you'd like to read it:
Missing Poway Teen