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Social networking helps police in missing persons cases

How Facebook and Twitter changed the search for Chelsea King

By Daniel B. Wood
Christian Science Monitor

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — An arrest has been made and criminal charges filed in the case of Chelsea King, the San Diego teenager who went for a run in the park and never returned this week. Convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III was arraigned in San Diego on Wednesday, pleading not guilty to charges of murder and assault to commit rape.

As thousands of mourners walk the sidewalks and streets in silence, holding candles and tearfully embracing, national forensic experts say a new era of technology has arrived that significantly changes the nature of such incidents - from search and rescue to prosecution, and, in cases that end tragically as this one did, to the grieving process.

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