SANTA CLARITA (CBS) — Authorities believe they have found the remains of a Fullerton College student who disappeared almost 10 years ago.
The remains were located Wednesday in a canyon in the Santa Clarita.
Lynsie Ekelund, who today would be 29, had gone with two other female students to San Diego on Feb. 17, 2001, with Chris McAmis, now 31. The two other female students were returned safely but Ekelund was never seen again.
McAmis was always regarded as a “person of interest” in her disappearance. Last week he was arrested by Placentia police.
Detective Corrine Loomis said McAmis had said “he always knew this day
would come” and was charged with Ekelund’s murder.
McAmis admitted taking Ekelund back to his Whittier home where he killed
her, Loomis said.
He reportedly directed authorities to a canyon that he and his father had
worked on and he buried her there.
Police from Placentia and investigators from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner began digging and sifting dirt by 8 a.m. Six hours later they began finding skeletal remains as well as pieces of clothing.
Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter said, “We will have to do DNA, dental X-rays and any X-rays. It will be a while but we will try to get confirmation of as soon as possible to let the family know if in fact it is her.”
Nancy Ekelund, Lynsie Ekelund’s mother, said that she feared this day would come but also had expected it.
Digging at the site will resume Thursday.
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