On Friday, March 16, Sierra Lamar had a day like most days. Her working Mom left the house at approximately 6am, leaving the 15 year old Lamar to finish Marlene LaMar, ,getting ready and then walking a short distance to catch the school bus.
Marlene LaMar became worried after she didn’t return home from school on Friday. Concern grew when one friend said Sierra wasn’t in class earlier that day and authorities were contacted after her high school sent an automated email saying in the she didn’t show up for school at all.
The next day, searchers found her cell phone along the side of the road near her home in unincorporated Morgan Hill.
On the Sunday after LaMar’s disappearance, searchers found her black and pink Juicy Couture brand purse about two miles from her home.
The purse contained a pair of pants, a shirt, a bra and a pair of underwear. The clothing was neatly folded inside the purse.
“We don’t know if these items are going to be related to the Sierra LaMar case or not, but we are going to have these items submitted to the crime lab for further testing,” said Santa Clara County Sgt. Jose Cardoza.
There have also been reports circulating that bloodhounds tracked her scent to the end of her driveway fueling speculation that may have gotten into a car willing or was abducted after leaving her house.
Steve LaMar, the girl’s father, is a registered sex offender and does not live with family. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office said he was not a suspect in her disappearance.
“I understand the stigma associated with this in my background, and I assure everyone it is not connected in any way to my daughter’s disappearance,” he said. “I ask that you please not shift the focus away from the investigation and from finding Sierra.”
A recent tweet purported to be from the teens twitter account has been deemed a hoax further adding to the emotional turmoil for the family.
Searching continues with the focus expanding to nearby Reservoirs.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact investigators for the sheriff’s department at 408-808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. Email tips can be sent to [email protected].