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Woman ID’s missing daughter’s bracelet

Associated Press / November 8, 2010

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FULLERTON, Calif. — The mother of a woman who vanished almost 10 years ago said a bracelet found on recently unearthed remains belonged to her daughter.

Nancy Ekelund of Fullerton said Saturday that she had met with a coroner’s investigator and instantly recognized the gold-link bracelet she had given as a present to her daughter Lynsie, a 20-year old Fullerton College student who disappeared in 2001.

“I gave it to her when she was 10 years old,’’ she said. “I still wear the exact same bracelet.’’

Authorities believe the remains uncovered last week are those of Lynsie Ekelund. Nancy Ekelund said coroner’s officials were expected to formally confirm the identity of the body this week.

Christopher McAmis is suspected of strangling her and burying her in a canyon 50 miles north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita, where he directed investigators to look, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

Lynsie Ekelund vanished after going to San Diego with McAmis and two fellow Fullerton students on Feb. 17, 2001, authorities said.

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