Chelsea King was a vivacious, accomplished, and extremely popular high school senior who expressed her goals and ambitions with eloquence and insight far beyond her years. She was good girl who had never been in any sort of trouble and never given her parents cause to worry, checking in with them regularly as to her schedule and whereabouts. So when she went jogging in accordance with her usual after-school routine, her parents, Kelly and Brent, had no reason to believe that she would not be home at the usual time. When she neither returned nor answered her cell phone, they knew immediately when something was wrong. The discovery of her abandoned car containing her purse and telephone confirmed their suspicions.
One year earlier, fourteen-year-old Amber Dubois had also gone missing without a trace. Amber loved books and wrote poetry. She was passionate about animals and left home that morning with a check entitling her to claim the lamb that was so excited about raising. But she never attended her classes that day.