By TER Staff
The Enterprise Report has learned exclusively that the accused killer of 17-year old San Diego high school student Chelsea King -- John Albert Gardner, a registered sex offender from Lake Elsinore, CA was stopped by police In Riverside County, CA, only three weeks prior the disappearance of the San Diego teenager.
King's body is believed to have been located by police investigating her disappearance from a park in Northern San Diego County last week. Gardner was arraigned on murder charges today in San Diego and has plead not guilty.
Gardner was stopped by police in Riverside Co. on January 30, 2010 according to court records reviewed the The Enterprise Report. The reason for the police stop is not yet known, but Gardner was cited for not having proof of insurance and for driving without registration for the car. Whether or not police investigators in San Diego County were aware of the Riverside County case is still not known.
According to court records reviewed by TER, Gardner, who was already a suspect in a previous December 2009 attack on another women in the same San Diego park has been linked by police to that attack. Gardner never bothered to show up to the Riverside Court or properly take carer of the citation as required by law after the January police stop.
Having not done so, Gardner's name should have generated a warrant for his arrest issued by the court handling the case. According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept, no warrant currently exists for Gardner in their system. According to court records reviewed by TER the CA-DMV was notified of the case by the Riverside Court as the law requires.
Gardner who is registered as a convicted sex offender in Riverside Co, was staying with his mother who lives in San Diego County near the crime scene. Chelsea King was last seen on last Thursday when she headed to the park for a jog.
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