Chelsea King's Parents "Want Baby Back"

Authorities and volunteers are widening a search for a 17-year-old missing in San Diego County after a registered sex offender was arrested in connection with her disappearance. Some 1,400 volunteer searchers and more than 100 law enforcement officers failed to find Chelsea King on Sunday, but evidence was found that led to the arrest of 30-year-old John Albert Gardner of Lake Elsinore, Calif. some 75 miles to the north, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore told the Associated Press in an interview. Personal Photo

The search continues for a missing teenage honor student Chelsea King in Southern California.

Chelsea's parents, Brent and Kelly King appeared on "The Early Show" from Rancho Bernardo, Calif., with Marc Klaas, president of the Klass Kids Foundation. Klaas became an advocate for missing children after his 12-year-old daughter, Polly, was kidnpapped and killed in 1993.

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The Kings said they're still holding out for what they've wanted from day one of their search -- for their daughter to come home.

Brent said, "We want our baby back. Bring her here."

As for the arrest of John Albert Gardner III, the registered sex offender brought in in connection to Chelsea's disappearance, the Kings said they haven't resigned their daughter to death.

"My daughter is an incredibly strong girl and we're an incredibly strong family," Brent said. "I have not given up hope that my daughter is out there and neither has that community. ... Until I hear differently, I believe she's alive."

Kelly King said her daughter has a spirit stronger than an evil can conquer.

"It's just who she is," Kelly said. "And something like this, as horrific as it may be, she's a thousand times stronger than this."

However, Brent said, as he's learned of Gardner's past, it's gotten "past the point of horrifying."

"It disgusts me," he said.

For more with the Kings and Klaas, who has counseled the couple since the disappearance of their daughter, click on the video below.


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