SAN DIEGO, March 2 (UPI) -- A body believed to be that of a teenage jogger has been found buried alongside the lake where she disappeared, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Tuesday.
Gore told a news conference at Lake Hodges that the body was found in a shallow grave near the water's edge and was likely that of Chelsea King.
"There is a strong likelihood that we have found Chelsea," said Gore, whose department has been at the forefront of a large-scale search ever since the 17-year-old Poway student went missing.
The grave was found in an area of an expansive park that had been searched earlier and was covered in debris. KGTV-TV in San Diego said the discovery was revealed after scores of volunteers had combed the area.
The North County (Calif.) Times said King's family had noted on its Facebook page prior to the announcement that a body had been found but had not been identified as their daughter.
John Albert Gardner, 30, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of rape and murder in the King case. He faces arraignment Wednesday.
Gardner is also a suspect in an alleged sexual assault of another female jogger in the area and is also under investigation in the February 2009 disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Dubois in nearby Escondido.