Students Take To Streets In Search For Missing Teen

Many students and parents mobilized Friday in an effort to find a 17-year-old Poway teen missing since Thursday evening.

Many of Chelsea King's friends and classmates took to the streets of Poway and Escondido to help find her.

"I just want to help out any way I can," said Poway High School junior Yadira Molina.

10News caught up with two separate groups of students from Poway High who skipped school Friday to help find King. One group talked to neighbors and passed out fliers in the Lake Hodges area, while another group organized by Molina took a trip to Escondido to spread the word.

"With such little information, we just want to get the word out so anyone can be on the lookout, whether they live in RB (Rancho Bernardo) or not," said Molina, who runs cross country with King and is also a peer counselors with King at Poway High.

Molina's mother told the school she was sick Friday so she could help find her friend.

"If we can get even strangers, anyone who doesn't even live in the community, involved, I have faith that we'll find her a little faster," said Molina.

Fellow cross country runner and Poway High junior Breanna McArdle first heard about King's disappearance while checking her Facebook account Thursday night.

"It was just all over the status updates and people were just talking about it, bringing Chelsea home," said McArdle.

McArdle decided to join some classmates in the Escondido group on Friday.

"(Chelsea is) amazingly energetic and really, really nice and really charismatic," said McArdle.

With her cross country teammate missing, she said she finds it hard to think about running again.

"Scares me to death because I'm also a cross-country runner so it's knowing that you can't go running anymore without being scared that something's going to happen to you. It's the worst feeling in the world," said McArdle.

FedEx Kinkos helped make free copies of the flier for the students to pass around.