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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sierra LaMar: Divers End Search for Murdered Teen's Body

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

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Santa Clara County divers announced they conducted their final search for 15-year-old Sierra LaMar's body in local reservoirs, where sonar had detected irregularities in the waterways. 

Monday's search of the Uvas Reservoir was the last one, and future

water searches will be based strictly on tips, spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza told reporters. To date, divers have scoured more than a dozen reservoirs looking for the girl's body, including Uvas, Chesborough, Coyote, Calero, Almaden, Anderson, and Guadalupe, police said.

"[They've] been searched more than once and there's been over 40 small ponds and lakes in that search as well," Cardoza told CBS.

LaMar was last seen on the morning of March 16 as she was getting ready for school. She sent a final text message to a friend that morning to make plans to meet at school and do homework. However, LaMar never made it to class that day.

Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, was arrested on May 21 and charged with kidnapping and murdering LaMar after police found traces of the girl's DNA inside his red Jetta. They also found his DNA on her clothing that was found on the side of the road a few days after she went missing. Garcia-Torres, who lives seven miles from the girl, says he never met LaMar before, and police believe that part to be true. Police say it was a random abduction, and that LaMar and the suspect did not know each other.

Garcia-Torres' mother confirmed to authorities that her son went fishing the same day the Morgan Hill teen disappeared.

"There has been some information out there as far as Garcia-Torres' hobbies or activities and fishing. We just can't comment on that one way or another," Cardoza said. "The case does remain open; we're still focused and targeted on finding Sierra and locating her."

Garcia-Torres, who has not yet entered a plea, is expected to be back in court on July 10.

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