Reporting from San Diego — Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III is a focus of the investigation into the death of Amber Dubois, the high school freshman whose skeletal remains were discovered Saturday in northern San Diego County.
The Escondido Police Department's announcement Monday was the first time authorities have acknowledged that Gardner, 30, may be linked to the case.
Gardner is being held without bail after being charged last week in connection with the slaying of Chelsea King, a 17-year-old from nearby Poway. His arrest brought renewed attention to the disappearance of Amber, 14, who vanished on her way to Escondido High School in February 2009.
Amber's remains were found in rugged terrain near Pala, Calif., off Interstate 15. Authorities, who continue searching for evidence on the remote hillside, have yet to provide details on the tip that led them to the area, which is a few miles north of the Pala Indian Reservation. Authorities have said that Gardner has not cooperated in their investigation.