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Chelsea King Update: Police Find Missing Teen's Underwear, Says Mom

(Personal Photo)
(Personal Photo)
SAN DIEGO (CBS/AP) Investigators have found an article of clothing belonging to missing 17-year-old Chelsea King, according to KTLA.

Photo: Chelsea King.

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Police have not described the evidence, but King's mother reportedly told several news outlets Monday that her daughter's underwear was found in the Lake Hodges area, about 30 miles north from San Diego, according to the station.

Thousands of volunteers have helped search for the teen since she disappeared Thursday, and her father, Brent King, told CBS News' "The Early Show" Tuesday, "Until I hear differently, I believe she's alive."

Photo: Chelsea King.

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PICTURES: Chelsea King Vigil, Family Mourns

But as optimistic searchers spread out over the popular area for trail runners, police were determining whether to charge a registered sex offender who was arrested Sunday for investigation of the teen's murder and rape.

John Gardner III, 30, remained in custody without bail after his arrest outside a Mexican restaurant in suburban Escondido on Sunday. Steve Walker, a spokesman for the San Diego County district attorney's office, said a decision would be made by Wednesday about filing charges.

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