Police continue search for missing Carlsbad teen, release sketch

CARLSBAD — On Jan. 3 at about 11 a.m., Christine Jelinek was seen at the Boxing Club at 1691 Melrose Dr. Ste 180 in the city of Vista, just on the border of Vista and Carlsbad.  She was there for her routine workout.  She was only there for a short time, and then left to go to the Subway nearby, which has WIFI capabilities.   She may have used the WIFI to make contact with the person of interest.  She was joined by a man, described as a white male adult, 45-50 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches weighing about 160 pounds, unknown eye color, and hair described as short and lighter on the bottom and dark on the top, and also described as “peppered.”

Police are continuing to search for 17-year-old Christine Jelinek who has been missing since Jan. 3

At the sighting, he was wearing jeans, and a blue or gray button down shirt.

After meeting at the Subway, they went to Mariah’s Restaurant, also nearby.  They spent about 45 minutes there together, then, Christine was driven home by this subject.  The male is unknown to Christine’s parents, her associates and friends.

It is believed in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, that Christine left her home. She has not been seen or made contact with her family since.   Investigators have followed up on many leads and potential sightings, and the police department, as well as the Smiths, are deeply concerned about her welfare.

Police release a sketch of a man possibly involved with the disappearance of 17-year-old Christine Jelinek.

Christine is described as a white female, 17-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 150 pounds, with shoulder length dark brown hair and brown eyes.  Christine took two pairs of jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt, which she may be wearing.  She also had in her possession seven or eight artists books and possibly a Nintendo DS.

Additionally, the National Center for Missing Children has been notified and has activated a case as well for Christine.

Anyone one with any information about Christine’s whereabouts or has seen her or the man in the composite sketch are urged to call our tip line, which has been set up specifically for this investigation. The number is (760) 931-2223.  If you have immediate observation of Christine, please call the law enforcement authority in your jurisdiction and report her location to them immediately.

And, if you are the man who made contact with Christine and drove her home on Jan. 3, please call Detective Damian Garcia at the Carlsbad Police Department at (760) 931-2144.


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