Sierra Lamar, a 15-year-old high school girl went missing last Friday and was reported missing by her mother, Marlene Lamar when she did not return home from school that afternoon. Fears are mounting as almost a week has gone by since 3/16/2012 and people are gathering to try to find out what could have happened to Sierra.
Her family says that there is no way she would've ran away from home. She was last seen at 6 AM when she left for her school, Sobrato High School where she is a sophomore (10th grade). She is described as a pretty teen girl, five foot two inches with a thin build. She has dark hair and an olive complexion and her family reports that she was carrying a black and pink purse that had the brand name “Juicy” label on it.
The last time Sierra Lamar was seen was near the intersections of Dougherty and Palm Avenues, which is west of Monterey Highway in her hometown of Morgan Hill California.
Police found her cell phone Saturday night about a mile away on the side of the road near that intersection and are doing forensics testing to try to find more clues. She took her cell phone with her that morning but her phone charger was found in her bedroom. Before they found her cell phone, all attempts to call her went straight to voicemail.
Police have said that they did local area searches by helicopter and foot and also brought search dogs in to try to catch her scent. The dogs detected Sierra Lamar’s scent but lost all track of it about a half a mile from her home near the intersection she was last seen. Police Sgt. Jose Cardoza said they have suspended further searches for Sierra due to lack of evidence, but will be focusing on going through her laptop and contacts and questioning her friends and classmates at her current high school as well as the ones from her last high school.
The picture below, in which Sierra has her head tilted, was taken by cell phone the day before she went missing. Marlene Lamar gave the picture to authorities in the Bay Area, Morgan Hill and to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Dept. to help aid in the search.
Her family is very anxious and desperate to get any news about her disappearance and her mom said that Sierra is a typical teen that talks of wanting to dye her hair and is upbeat about life. She loves to listen to music, used to dance competitively and was a cheerleader at her prior high school. She was active on Facebook and Twitter and you can see the last posts that were made the week prior to her disappearance here:
If you don't live in the area but still want to do something to help Sierra Lamar find her way home, please help by posting this site at your favorite social bookmarking site, Facebook or by forwarding to your friends. We need to get this in front of as many people as possible so that it stays fresh in the mind of the public. Typically, the longer someone is missing, the worst the odds become for them to make it back home safe. Time is always of the essence in these cases, so any effort to raise awareness will be greatly appreciated by Sierra's family.
This picture below is of the Lamar family friends and community gathering at a vigil honoring Sierra Lamar:
For more insight into this story, I posted a video below that details the disappearance of Sierra Lamar:
The anonymous tip line and contact numbers are also below for anyone that wants to relay any information they may hear about Sierra Lamar. To contact the Santa Clara County Police and Sheriffs Department, please call (408) 299-2311. If anybody wants to talk to a Sheriff investigator, they can meet with them during business hours by calling (408) 808-4500 or it can be done anonymously by leaving the information on the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.
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