Authorities Focus Solely on Tip-Based Searches for Sierra LaMar

Sheriff's personnel will wait to conduct searches until more tips are received, but KlassKids volunteers will resume weekly searches as usual.

Sheriff's personnel are refraining from planning new searches for Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, and will instead focus on conducting land and water searches that are based solely on tips relayed by the public.

"The dive team now is going to be on kind of a standby mode and any searches are going to be more target-focused based on tips and leads," Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.  

The Sheriff's Office has invested thousands of hours in the search for Sierra. All water searches have been completed, including searches of over 40 small lakes and ponds and at least a half dozen reservoirs in the Morgan Hill area—many of which were checked more than once, Cardoza said.

Sheriff's divers finished their last search at Uvas Reservoir on Monday, which they searched many times since the end of March because it's the closest body of water to Sierra's mom's home. Cardoza said divers were not searching Uvas Reservoir because Antolin Garcia-Torres, who is believed to be responsible for Sierra's kidnapping and presumed murder, would fish there often. 

Although the pace of searches is changing on the Sheriff's end, volunteers from the KlassKids Foundation are continuing their searches every Wednesday and Saturday. 

The KlaasKids Foundation is asking volunteers to report to the Find Sierra Search Center at Burnett Elementary School to continue the search for the teen this Wednesday and Saturday.

Volunteers can check in at the Find Sierra Search Center located at 85 Tilton Road between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

The KlaasKids Foundation suggests bringing a backpack with water, snacks, bug spray, pre poison oak lotion and a hiking stick.

Garcia-Torres faces charges of murder with a special circumstance of kidnapping. The 21-year-old Morgan Hill resident was arrested May 21 in connection the 15-year-old teen's March 16 disappearance.

Although the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney have made it clear they believe Sierra was murdered, no body has been found.

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—The Bay City News Service contributed to this report. 

Kell June 06, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I'm confused...you say they were NOT searching Uvas because the guy used to fish there....would it make sense TO search there? In either case I hope and pray they find her soon.
Corinne Speckert June 06, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Hi Kell, Divers were searching Uvas because it's the closest reservoir (along with Chesbro) to Sierra's mom's home, which is the last place Sierra was seen before her disappearance. According to Cardoza, some reporters have suggested that divers were searching Uvas because Antolin was apparently fishing there the day Sierra went missing on March 16, according to his family. However, Cardoza made it clear that the reason divers were searching Uvas was simply because of its proximity to the LaMar home, not because of Antolin. The reason divers felt it was important to search Uvas more thoroughly than other reservoirs is because investigators believe Sierra didn't make it far away from her home, which is why they've been focusing their search efforts on the Morgan Hill area. I hope this helps. Thanks for the comment :)
david mcwilliam June 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
question. Scott Petterson college grad owned a boat and wasn't smart enough to know how to weigh down a body. When a body is decomposing the gasses that are released. I was told by a shreriff it would take 800 pounds to truly weigh down Lacy and her unborn son. Thats why she floated up and justice was served. So Antolin wasn't even smart enough to graduate high school got kicked out then at central highschool this guys isn't too bright, I think the authorities are giving him way too much credit. I live about a mile from his trailer park and there is a big ole dumpster right out front. Now that is something this Nob could handle dumping Sierra in a dumpster. I haven't read anything about searches at any dumps especially the one that specific dumpster in front of his trailer park gets dumped at and where specifically they were dumping at or arround that time period! I mean think about it he is way to confident with the Sheriffs searching all the lakes. He knows she isn't there! There is no way that Antolin could sink a body at a lake with no boat!
Maysee June 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I agree about the body/water part. I disagree about the smart part. I think he is smart. In a factual way. I just think he's really sick and evil. Smart, sick, and evil altogether. Bad combo!
JWLH June 12, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I think he wouldn't be quite so stupid to dump her body in front of the place that he lives (the dumpster) but, would likely have put her body into something nearby wherever he killed her. Are there wells or whatever similar around the county?
triple@family June 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
this guy is crazy period! and i feel like when the evendice comes through what will he be able to do? ot a thing , of course he is not going to tell officers where her body is bc then he know he will never see light again! he will not tell them anything bc remember he didnt do anything and his family backs him up on thats! scum baggs that is ridiculious! but they do need to continue the serches for her at all times! he needs to be brought back to her family dead or alive they need peace! i pray for her to be alive but i think there is not chance but i just wish this would end that way her parents can have her and that antolin and do the eal time! i hope with all the child anoyences and all thee crimes he has attempted to do or has done he can pay for them and they NEED to give him the death penalty that whats he deserves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Donna Garcia July 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
This happens to much in this country ..being a mother that her daughter was murdered by her boyfriend and not finding her remains for 13 months ..was hell !!! I know that these males are sick but they need to b put where they are never allowed to hurt the innocent ,,not only do they take the victims life, they take ur also...Am so sorry for what the family is going thru and pray she is found soon...My deepest thoughts are with you...D Garcia


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