"People" Covers Amber's Story

Amber Dubois has been missing since Feb. 13

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Michelle Wayland

    Jaycee Dugard's miraculous homecoming has ignited renewed interest in missing children, in particular, North County teenager Amber Dubois.

    Amber’s face is on the cover of the most recent issue of "People Magazine."

    The article describes how Amber's parents have teamed up to bring their daughter home. They recently threw her a 15th birthday party to keep Amber's story in the public eye.

    The 14-year-old was last seen just after 7 a.m. on Feb. 13 about a block from Escondido High. The girl's parents said she was especially excited to get to school to exchange Valentine's Day gifts with friends. She also couldn't wait to pay for her baby lamb through the school's Future Farmer's of America program.

    The teen's cell phone was activated for a few seconds the Saturday after she was last seen. Investigators conducted a computer forensics search of the teenager's computer but said nothing on the computer offered up any clues as to the girl's whereabouts.

    Volunteers launched a door-to-door search the weekend after Amber's disappearance.

    In the weeks that followed, family and friends held candlelight vigils and organized search parties to cover areas of Escondido and parts of the North County.

    Even the television program "America's Most Wanted" profiled the case. The family told producers of the show that Amber sent four text messages to her grandmother before leaving the house that morning for the roughly mile-long walk to school.

    Amber was last seen by two family friends, who were only about 300 yards from the school's gate.

    Amber’s family said she was a model student who never talked about running away. They believe she was abducted.

    The reward is now $100,000 to help find her.