Antolin Garcia-Torres Arrested on Suspicion of Murder & Kidnapping of Missing 15 Year Old Sierra LaMar
There has been a break in the case of missing 15 year old Sierra LaMar. Authorities have arrested 21 year old Antolin Garcia-Torres on suspicion of murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Sierra LaMar. According to the police press conference, they stated that they had a lot of physical evidence in the case that connects Antolin Garcia-Torres to the disappearance of Sierra LaMar. The Northern California teen Sierra LaMar has been missing since March 16, 2012 when she was last seen at 6 AM leaving for school.
Authorities have arrested a man in the kidnapping and death of a Northern California teenager whose disappearance more than two months ago has prompted hundreds of volunteers to turn out for organized searches.
Antolin Garcia-Torres was arrested Monday evening at a Safeway store in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said at a late Monday news conference.
“We believe we have probable cause that he committed the kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar,” she said.
Antolin Garcia-Torres. (Santa Clara County Sheriff)
Earlier this month, investigators located a red Volkswagen Jetta that they said may have been connected to Sierra Lemar’s abduction. Surveillance cameras and witnesses put the car near the area where authorities believed the 15 year old disappeared. According to reports, Antolin Garcia-Torres is the owner of the red Jetta in connection with this case of missing Sierra LaMar. DNA evidense was found that links Torres to clothing found in her backpack.
Garcia-Torres, a resident of nearby San Martin, is the owner of the red Jetta that authorities seized on May 8th in connection with the case. A source tells KTVU authorities found DNA evidence that links Garcia-Torres to clothing found in the missing girl’s backpack, which was recovered after she vanished.
Authorities told KTVU Garcia-Torres had been under 24-hour surveillance since he was identified as a possible suspect at both his home and at the Safeway store. A source tells the station Garcia-Torres was questioned for over two hours Monday.
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