The Disappearance and Murder of 17-Year-Old Chelsea King
Although police still did not know what had happened to Chelsea or her whereabouts, detectives believed that Gardner was the link or key to finding her. However, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, it appeared that Gardner was not going to cooperate with investigators.
"During the course of this extensive investigation, evidence was discovered that linked Gardner to Ms. King in such a manner as to warrant his arrest," Gore announced on Good Morning, America the following day. "We questioned Mr. Gardner into the evening, but so far we do not know where Chelsea is. It is a step in the right direction. We're confident that we have the right man in custody. Now we've just got to find Chelsea."
Officials said after the arrest that Gardner may have assaulted a 22-year-old female jogger on December 27, 2009, in the same park where Chelsea disappeared. The jogger, who was visiting from out of state, had managed to fend off her assailant.