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Sunday
May132012

Missing CA Girl Sierra LaMar’s Mom Sends Her a Mother’s Day Message

ABC News (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) -- The mother of Sierra LaMar, the 15-year-old California cheerleader who has been missing for two months, sent her love to her “miracle” daughter in a Mother’s Day message on Sunday.

“Sierra is my miracle baby. I was told that because of my age, the likelihood of getting pregnant was slim. I knew she was going to be strong-willed the moment the doctor saw on the ultrasound that she was doing somersaults in utero,” Marlene LaMar wrote on the website set up to help in the search for the Morgan Hill, Calif., girl.

“The greatest gift that God has blessed me with is the joy of being a mom to two beautiful daughters,” she wrote. “I love you Danielle and Sierra and I’m so proud to be your mom.”

The cheerleader was last seen on March 16 as she left to catch the school bus.   The girl’s parents contacted authorities later that day after receiving an email from her high school informing them the teen did not show up for class.

Days later, Sierra’s cell phone and her Juicy brand bag containing a pair of folded jeans and a t-shirt were recovered on the side of the road in the opposite direction of her bus stop. Investigators searched her phone and computer, but did not find clues to her disappearance.

Divers began searching reservoirs near her home last month, but have yet to come up with a trace of the teen.

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Last week, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department impounded a red Volkswagen Jetta believed to be connected to Sierra LaMar’s disappearance.

Authorities found the mid-90s four-door red sedan with a black hood after releasing pictures of a similar vehicle on Monday, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza. However, investigators are not disclosing specifics of how they identified the car and its connection to the case.

The vehicle came to the attention of authorities after it was captured on multiple surveillance videos in the area of the missing cheerleader’s Morgan Hill home and the area where authorities recovered the teen’s belongings.

Cardoza said investigators have been unable to recognize anyone inside the vehicle from the videos.

With the vehicle in custody, authorities are asking the public to report any sightings of the vehicle and/or possible occupants at the time of the girl’s disappearance. They are interested in speaking to anyone who may have come in contact with the car or occupants in the month of March.

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Saturday
Apr142012

Sierra LaMar: Search For Missing California Teen Goes Underwater

ABC News (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) -- Nearly a month after her disappearance, the search for missing teen Sierra LaMar has moved underwater.

Divers searched two reservoirs near the teen's Morgan Hill, Calif., home but did not find any signs of the missing cheerleader.

Investigators plan to analyze underwater sonar images taken earlier this week.

Despite the severe weather much of the state experienced on Friday, volunteers plan to spend the weekend searching for LaMar, 15, who disappeared on March 16 while on the way to catch her school bus.

Police have received more than 1,200 tips but have few leads, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The teen's parents reached out to her friends, and grew more anxious when one friend said she wasn't in class earlier that day.

They decided to contact authorities around 5 p.m., after her high school sent them an email saying Sierra hadn't shown up for school that day.

"We want you to come back home. We know you will find your way back to us," Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, said at a vigil a week after her daughter's disappearance.

Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was kidnapped and murdered in 1994, is also on the case and has helped LaMar set up a search center.

Police found a bag belonging to the teen discarded near an intersection close to her home two days after she vanished.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said her Juicy brand bag contained a neatly folded pair of pants and a T-shirt.

Investigators also found Sierra's cell phone on the side of a road in the opposite direction of her bus stop a day after her disappearance.

The charger for the teen's cell phone was found in her room at home, and the phone looked as if it had been tossed.

Authorities said the phone provided no clues, nor did investigators find any helpful clues on her computer.

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Saturday
Mar242012

Sierra Lamar: Friends, Family Hold Vigil For Missing California Teen

Hemera/Thinkstock (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) -- After a week of few leads and dashed hopes, missing teen Sierra LaMar's family, friends and classmates gathered at a candlelight vigil for the Morgan Hill, Calif., girl who has been missing for nine days.

"We want you to come back home. We know you will find your way back to us," Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, said among the flickering candles and teary-eyed supporters Friday.

The FBI set up a roadblock where LaMar would usually board her bus and is stopping drivers who pass through, hoping someone will provide a clue that could help bring Sierra home.

Marlene LaMar said Sierra's bus driver told her she never boarded the bus the day she disappeared.

Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was kidnapped and murdered in 1994, is also on the case and has helped LaMar set up a search center.

The 15-year-old was last seen on March 16 as she headed off to school from her Morgan Hill home.

Police found a bag belonging to the teen two days later, discarded near an intersection close to her home.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jose 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.

Cardoza said police were treating her disappearance as a missing person's case. "There is no information leading us to believe she purposely ran away," he said. "On the other hand, we don't have information or evidence associating a crime with her being missing."

Investigators found Sierra's cell phone on the side of a road in the opposite direction of her bus stop a day after her disappearance. The charger for the teen's cell phone was found in her room at home, and the phone looked as if it had been tossed.

Authorities said the phone yielded no clues, nor did investigators find any helpful clues on her computer.

"I can't imagine Sierra without her cell phone," her mother said. "That's when it became a harsh reality."

Sierra's father, Steve LaMar, said he had no reason to believe Sierra was planning to run away.

He talked to her the day before she was reported missing, and she was "happy, talking to me about homework.

"She was asking me to make an appointment so she could dye her hair," Steve LaMar said. "She wouldn't miss that appointment — if you knew my daughter."

Sierra LaMar's parents reached out to her friends, and grew more anxious when one friend said she wasn't in class earlier that day.

They decided to contact authorities around 5 p.m., after her high school sent them an email saying Sierra hadn't shown up for school that day.

Sierra LaMar's parents are divorced, and she lived with her father in Fremont, Calif., until October, when she moved in with her mother and transferred to Sobrata High School in Morgan Hills.

ABC News has learned that Steve LaMar is a registered sex offender and is currently on probation for committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age. Police have emphasized that Steve LaMar is not a suspect in the investigation.

Police have questioned students at both Sierra's current high school and the previous school she attended in Fremont, Cardoza said. They have interviewed more than 100 people and have broadened the investigation to include all known sex offenders in the immediate and broader area of the teen's home.

But for now, it's a race against time and friends and family can only hope for the best but admit they fear the worst.

"It's been so long, every day we wonder if she's ok," friend Shanice Washington said. "Everyday it gets harder."

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