Bikers Raise Thousands To Find Amber

Search continues for missing teen

Father of missing Escondido teenager Amber Dubois said about $6,800 was raised this past weekend after a bike run, raffle and barbecue.

Amber's father Maurice Dubois said about $5,500 will go into the Amber Leeanne Dubois Trust Fund to support future searches of the 14-year-old teen. The rest will pay for event expenses.

The next event in the works is Concert in the Park, a fundraiser at Kit Carson Park in Escondido from noon to 7 p.m., Dubois said. Seven bands are scheduled thus far and said more details will be released later this week.

Another search was conduceted on Sunday for the Esconido High freshman as 60 volunteers searched for Amber throughout Escondido, but to no avail.

Her parents, though frustrated,  say they're not giving up hope, even though the number of volunteers has dwindled and police have no new leads.

"The more attention the better," Maurice Dubois said. "There's got to be someone out there who knows something."

Last week,  Applebee's restaurants in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties donated 15 percent of their revenue to help in the search.

Saturday there was a "poker run" motorcycle ride from San Juan Capistrano to Escondido that ended at the search center that's been set up for Amber.

Event organizers said about 150 riders showed up at the center. After the run there was a giant raffle, live entertainment and food provided by Buckboard BBQ.

Maurice Dubois told our media partner The North County Times that the riders with the best poker hands won thousands, but declined the prize money, instead donating it back to the search fund.

"It shows you the kind of heart these people have," he said.

Maurice Dubois said they raised over $5,000 Saturday. He also told NBC 7/39 that they are narrowing their search to weekends only.

Amber was last seen walking to school on February 13, 2009. Considered a model student, her parents believe she was abducted by strangers.

You can read more about the fundraisers on the Amber Dubois website, Bring Amber Home.

Also, read some of the latest news about Amber on our media partner's website, North County Times.

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