The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Believe Missing 15 Year Old Sierra LaMar of Morgan Hill was Kidnapped
15 year old Sierra LaMar has been missing since March 16, 2012 when she was last seen at 6AM leaving her home in Morgan Hill, CA going to Sobrato High School. She never made it. Since her disappearance police have located her cell phone along the side of the road and her “Juicy” brand pink bag with her clothes in it. In both cases the 15 year old’s belongings were found in the opposite direction of the route that she would have taken to go to school.
There has been no evidence that points to a teen runaway. Instead, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is now calling the Sierra LaMar’s disappearance a victim of an abduction. According to accounts, Sgt. Jose Cardoza said detectives came to that conclusion that Sierra LaMar was kidnapped after talking to 100 family members and friends. There is also the premise that she may have initially left home voluntarily with some one, but is now being held against her will.
Volunteers searched Wednesday for a San Francisco-area teenager who disappeared almost two weeks ago and authorities say was likely abducted.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday investigators were proceeding on the assumption Sierra LaMar, 15, of Morgan Hill was kidnapped, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Sgt. Jose Cardoza said detectives came to that conclusion after talking to 100 family members and friends.
“There’s nothing indicating she would have run away from the house,” Cardoza told the newspaper. “She had no issues at home and never mentioned she was going to run away. She’s possibly out there as an ‘involuntary taking.’”
If anyone has any information regarding Sierra LaMar, please contact sheriff investigators at (408) 808-4500 or an anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431, or text (408) 421-6760. People can also e-mail the sheriff’s office at email@example.com.
Sierra LaMar has been missing since March 16, 2012 when she was last seen on her way to high school. She never made it. Since then here cell phone was found and now police say that they found the teenagers pink bag with clothing inside. The police say that the items were found Sunday at 1 pm near the intersection of Laguna and Santa Teresa in Morgan Hill about two miles from the girl’s home. The pink bag was discovered off to the side of the road as if tossed from a vehicle. The map below shows where Sierra LaMar’s cell phone and bag were found in proximity to her home and school.
Police have found a bag and clothing belonging to Sierra LaMar, the Northern California teenager who has been missing for almost seven days.
The 15-year-old was last seen Friday morning as she headed off to school from her Morgan Hills home.
Police found the bag on Sunday but didn’t release that information until Thursday, because they had to confirm it belonged to Sierra, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza said. They made the find near an intersection two miles from her home.
Cardoza said her Juicy brand bag contained a neatly folded pair of pants and a T-shirt, but that the evidence provided no clues about whether Sierra was abducted or ran away.
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So what does this discovery mean for the case of missing 15 year old Sierra La Mar? The confirmation that the bag and belongings do belong to Sierra LaMar still does not provide positive evidence that her disappearance was the cause of foul play or a runaway. It really can’t be a good thing that investigators would find Sierra’s cell phone and pink bag with clothing on the side of the ride tossed out like the trash.
Cardoza said a pair of pants, a shirt, a bra and a pair of underwear were neatly folded inside a Juicy brand purse. It was not clear if they were the clothes Sierra put on the morning she was last seen or if they were something she brought along with her. He said they contained no forensic evidence that pointed to a crime or a person of interest in the case.
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Investigators Say No Clues Found After Examining Missing Sierra LaMar’s Cell Phone and Computer … Missng Since March 16, 2012
The investigation into the disappearance of 15 year old Sierra LaMar continues, but provides few clues. The Santa Clara County investigators have examined the cell phone and the computer of missing Sierra LaMar but claim they have no clues as to why she went missing. They are unable to determine whether she was a victim of a crime or a runaway. However, Sierra LaMar’s cell phone was found on the side of the road less than a mile from her home, in the opposite direction from the bus stop. With no clues found with cell phone records or on her computer as active that Sierra LaMar was with Facebook and Twitter, and the fact that her cell phone was found in the opposite direction from what was supposed to be her way to school, one has to suspect that she was stalked and taken against her will.
Santa Clara County investigators have examined a missing 15-year-old girl’s cell phone and computer but say they have no clues to why she vanished nearly a week ago.
Sierra LaMar was last seen by her family in their home in an unincorporated area near Morgan Hill at about 6 a.m. Friday. Sheriff’s investigators say there is no evidence she was the victim of a crime, but they also say there is no sign she ran away.
On Saturday, a search team found her cell phone at the side of the road less than a mile from her home, in the opposite direction from the bus stop. The phone was in one piece, but forensic examinations of it and of her computer have yielded no information about where she might be, according to the sheriff’s.
The Klaas Foundation joins the search for missing teen Sierra LaMar.
Sierra’s mother has requested the help of Marc Klaas, whose 12-year-old daughter Polly was kidnapped and killed in Petaluma in 1994. He now heads the KlaasKids Foundation.
“We are prepared to offer everything, from support and counseling to full pledged search recovery efforts,” said Klaas. “We will be sending our search director to Morgan Hill to establish a physical presence, a search center.”
Anyone who has any information regarding missing Sierra LaMar, please contact sheriff investigators at (408) 808-4500 or an anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431, or text (408) 421-6760. People can also e-mail the sheriff’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Search Continues for Missing Sierra Lamar … Teen’s Father is a Registered Sex Offender, But Not Considered a Suspect
The search continues for missing 15 year old Sierra Lamar according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Sierra Lamar has been missing since March 16, 2012 when she failed to show up for school. Authorities have been interviewing and questioning the too numerous registered sex offenders in the Morgan Hill, CA area. That has brought about a rather peculiar situation. The father of missing Sierra Lamar, Steve Wayne Lamar, is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. Hmm. However, the Sheriff’s office is saying that he is not a suspect and is cooperating.
Tuesday, the sheriff’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force was still in the process of contacting the 267 registered sex offenders in Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy to confirm their whereabouts at the time Sierra disappeared, Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.
The Sheriff’s Office also confirmed Tuesday that Sierra’s father, Steve Wayne Lamar, of Fremont, is a registered sex offender but is not a person of interest in his daughter’s disappearance. Lamar has “been fully cooperative since the beginning of the investigation,” Cardoza said.
Just a tad bit bizarre that the dad would be a registered sex offender and your 15 year old daughter goes missing.
“It’s frustrating from our standpoint that we haven’t found any clues,” Cardoza said at the press conference.
LaMar’s mother said the teen usually wakes up about 6 a.m., and has been missing since about 7:15 a.m. Friday. Her last “tweet” on her Twitter account was posted at 6:29 a.m. from a computer that day.
LaMar moved to Morgan Hill with her mother Marlene and mother’s boyfriend, Rick, about five months ago. On Monday afternoon, Marlene LaMar stood by with Sierra’s father, Steve, cousins Michelle Allee and Keith LaMar and Sierra’s sister Danielle.
15 Year Old Sierra Lamar Missing in Morgan Hill, CA Since March 16, 2012 (UPDATE: Police Find Cell Phone, UPDATE: Pink Juicy Brand Bag Found)
15 year old Sierra Lamar has been missing since Friday morning, March 16, 2012. Sierra was last seen at 6 AM when she left her home to go to school at Sobrato High School. She never made it to her classes. Sierra is a 10th grader and is described by police as a teen girl, 5-foot-2, with a thin build, olive complexion and long dark hair. When she left home she was carrying a purse with a black and pink design with the brand name, “Juicy,” written on it. According to reports, she does not have a history of running away from home.
Missing: Sierra Lamar
Sierra Lamar, a resident of an unincorporated area near Morgan Hill, was last seen about 6 a.m. when she left her home near the intersection of Dougherty and Palm avenues, west of Monterey Highway, Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.
That is the usual time that Sierra leaves each morning to travel to Sobrato High School, where she is a 10th-grade student, Cardoza said.
But she did not show up to school and did not come home Friday, and her family called authorities, he said.
If anyone has any information about Sierra Lamar ‘s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 408-299-2311 or 408-808-4500, or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431.
UPDATE I: Search continues for missing Sierra Lamar. According to the police her cell phone cannot be tracked because it is dead. The police cannot determine whether this was a run away or she was taken against her will.
Searchers were combing two Morgan Hill neighborhoods Sunday in the continuing hunt for 15-year-old Sierra Lamar, who vanished Friday morning.
Teams were scouring the area around her home at Dougherty and Palm avenues, where she was last seen about 6 a.m., as well as the girl’s school, Sobrato High. She never made it to class and her parents reported her missing Friday when she didn’t come home.
UPDATE II: Check out the TWITTER account for Sierra Lamar. Some one should have really been monitoring it.
UPDATE III: Police dogs have traced Sierra’s half mile long walk to her bus stop, but the trail goes cold beyond her driveway …
“We’ve flown most of these fields, as far as the eye can see in this direction, all the way up to the foothills on the west side as well,” said San Jose Sheriff Sgt. Brett Moore.
Working off her scent, police dogs have traced Sierra’s half mile long walk to her bus stop, but the trail goes cold beyond her driveway, suggesting she was picked up.
Investigators are mining her laptop for recent contacts.
UPDATE IV: For more updates and to read others comments, opinions and research regarding this case, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Sierra Lamar.
UPDATE V: The police have found the cell phone of missing Sierra Lama about a mile away from her home in Morgan Hills, California. According to accounts, the phone was found Saturday evening. The Police have suspended their search in the areas near her home due to a lack of evidence. However, they will be focusing their attention on students at both her current high school and the previous school she attended.
Authorities say they found the cellphone of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, a missing California teenager, late Saturday night on the side of a road about a mile away from her home in Morgan Hills, California. Public information officer Sgt. Jose Cordoza of the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office said search and rescue personal found the phone turned off, and they are doing a forensic search for more clues. The charger for the cell phone was found in her room at home.
UPDATE VI: Missing Sierra Lamar’s father is a registered sex offender, are you kidding me? What are the odds that the father of a missing girl who many suspect may have been kidnapped by a predator has a dad who is a registered sex offender? Although the police claim that Steve Wayne Lamar is not a suspect and is cooperating in the disappearance of Sierra Lamar, however, the irony is chilling.
UPDATE VII: Investigators claim that the cell phone and computer provide no clues in the disappearance of Sierra Lamar.
UPDATE VIII: Police have located Sierra LaMar’s pink “Juicy” brand bag with clothes inside along the side of the road.