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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sierra LaMar: Crime Lab Evidence Gives Police New Leads About Missing Teen

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 7:36 AM

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Authorities confirmed last night that DNA lab results have come back, yielding new leads in the case regarding 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, who has been missing for more than a month. However police weren't ready to discuss what new information they have at this time.

Police did say the new leads have to do with their discoveries early on in the case, including finding LaMar's cellphone and her purse with her clothes neatly folded inside. Both items were found on the opposite side of the road from her bus stop. A few weeks later, volunteers found an empty handcuff box and two used condoms in the area near the girl's Morgan Hill home. All that evidence was sent to the DNA lab for testing.

"It is one of those items. We can't specify ... is it

the results back from the cellphone, results from ... Sierra's clothing, [or] a couple of other items submitted in this case," Sgt. Jose

Cardoza told KTVU.

The news came last night -- the same evening her friends and family marked a month since of LaMar disappeared. They held a vigil at Burnett Elementary School, where they released 500 balloons signaling their hope that she will return home safely.

Meanwhile, divers expanded their search of reservoirs and small bodies of water after sonar detected irregularities in the waters.

Authorities believe LaMar, a sophomore at Sobrato High School, was kidnapped, possibly by someone she knew. She was last seen the morning of March 16 when she was supposed to catch her bus for school. But she never made it to class, and nobody has heard from her since. "The anxiety and fear of where she is and what has happened to her is unbearable," her father, Steve LaMar, told KTVU.

"I hope something pans out, because we've just been desperate for something," he added.

Anyone with information about Sierra or her whereabouts is asked to contact Santa Clara County Communications at (408) 299-2311. During business hours, tipsters can call sheriff's investigators at (408) 808-4500, or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.

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