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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sierra LaMar: Investigators Believe Missing Teen Was Abducted

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For the first time since 15-year-old Sierra LaMar went missing 11 days ago, investigators told reporters that they believe the Morgan Hill teen was abducted and did not run away.

Although police have no new clues that point to an abduction, they say there's even less evidence to suggest she ran away; her family life was happy, and she was close with her mom and sister.

Now police have refocused their efforts on a case of possible foul play, the Mercury News reports this morning.

"She's possibly out there as an 'involuntary taking,'" Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Sheriff's Office said.

The sobering news rallied some 600 volunteers yesterday to continue scouring the area for the Sobrato High School sophomore, who was last seen the morning of March 16 before she was headed to catch the bus for school. LaMar never showed up for class, and nobody has seen her or heard from her since.

Police have been reluctant to call it a possible abduction, but LaMar's family seems to have had a bad feeling from the start. Her sister, 21-year-old Danielle LaMar, told the Merc that she became very suspicious when investigators found her little sister's belongings -- including her purse with clothes neatly folded inside -- on the side of the road in the opposite direction of the bus stop.

"Once the cellphone and purse were found, I knew," Danielle LaMar said. "It hit me then it was a lot more serious."

Volunteers are continuing the search, now being instructed to look for
female clothing, duct tape, zip ties, or rope -- anything used to hide evidence or contain someone.

"If you see something, back away. If you find Sierra, you back away. It's a crime scene," said Brad Dennis, director of search operations for the KlaasKids Foundation, the nonprofit run by Marc Klaas, whose daughter, Polly, was kidnapped in 1994.

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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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