Teen's disappearance frustrates, unites community

4:39 PM, Mar 28, 2012   |    comments
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Sierra LaMar

MORGAN HILL, CA (AP) - After compiling more than 500 leads, police still don't have one solid enough to tell them what happened to 15-year-old Sierra LaMar of Morgan Hill or where she might be.

Sierra disappeared on her way to school nearly two weeks ago.  There has been a huge outpouring of volunteer help in her Bay Area Community, 200 people turned up to search on Wednesday, 600 on Tuesday.

Tuesday night, the sorority Sierra's sister Danielle is part of at Sacramento State held a fund raiser for her, hoping to come up with money to help in the search and also to establish a reward fund.

"The main thing we're asking people," said Danielle, "is if they can't go out to the search and help, to just get Sierra's face out there, hang fliers so that if anyone...might know something, it might help." 

Police now believe Sierra may have been abducted, perhaps leaving voluntarily with someone who is now preventing her from going home.

Like a lot of teenage girls, 15-year-old Sierra LaMar used her smartphone as her billboard, her diary and her mirror.

LaMar sent text messages, tweeted and composed self-portraits of a petite, dark-haired beauty who liked makeup, cheerleading and dishing about reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

That electronic window into her world now sits in a San Jose crime lab undergoing forensic tests.

Sheriff's deputies found the device March 17, the day after Sierra's mother reported her missing.

Detectives assigned to the case are saying they now believe it is highly unlikely that she vanished voluntarily. Her mother, her mother's boyfriend and her father are not suspects.

The search is continuing.

The Associated Press

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