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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sierra LaMar Murder Inspires New Legislation

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Sierra LaMar
  • Sierra LaMar

While family and friends continue searching for 15-year-old Sierra LaMar's body, lawmakers in Sacramento are using this case to try to pass new legislation that would expedite the search for missing kids.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) attended a vigil last night for LaMar, and announced she'd be pushing state legislators to author a bill that would force school officials to notify parents immediately should a child not show up for class.

Investigators believe a law like this could have made a difference in LaMar's case.

"When a child doesn't show up at school you know notify the parents right

away rather than the end of the school day whether a child has been

abducted or is merely playing hooky," Lofgren reportedly said at last night's vigil. "It's something the

parents should know right away."

click to enlarge Antolin Garcia-Torres
  • Antolin Garcia-Torres
LaMar was kidnapped on her way to school on March 16; she fired off what would be her last communication early that morning, asking a friend to meet her at school. She never made it to class; however, she was not reported missing until later that day, after she did not come home.

Police later found her cell phone and clothing on the opposite side of the from her school bus stop. In May, they arrested 21-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres, claiming they found traces of his DNA on LaMar's clothing, and her DNA inside his red Jetta.

Garcia-Torres is expected to appear in court later this month. He has yet to enter a plea to kidnapping and murder charges.

Anyone with information on this case should contact sheriff's investigators at (408) 808-4500, or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431. There is also a designated e-mail for tips on Sierra's case, tips@sheriff.sccgov.org.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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