Police: Skeletal remains of Amber Dubois found

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March 7, 2010, 10:38 pm
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(NECN: Escondido, Calif.) - Over a year since her disappearance, the skeletal remains of 14-year-old Amber Dubois were found on the Pala Indian Reservation, police said.

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher made the announcement at a news conference Sunday, where he said the remains were positively identified from dental records.

"Human skeleton remains have been identified as those of our missing 14-year-old Amber," Chief Maher said.  "The discovery was made in the early morning hours of Saturday in the very rugged and remote area of Pala, which is in northern San Diego County."

Dubois' parents -- Maurice Dubois and Carrie McGonigle -- were present at the news conference and made a brief statement, thanking those in the community and the volunteers who have been working to find their daughter.

"We'd like to thank everybody involved in the search for Amber. The entire community, everybody who helped out in our search efforts and above all our huge volunteer corp they were the most dedicated you could ever imagine and without them we could not have done anything.

Though he declined to answer questions, Chief Maher said the discovery was part of an ongoing murder investigation -- a "lead" brought investigators to the reservation.  He did not elaborate as to the nature of that lead.

The disappointing end to the search for Dubois comes on the heels of the discovery of what investigators believe is the body of Chelsea King, 17, who was last seen about 10 miles from Dubois' last known location.

Dubois had been missing since February 13, 2009, when she disappeared near Escondido High School.

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