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LaMar Murder Suspect ‘Didn’t Seem Concerned’

Antolin Garcia Torres seemed unconcerned about authorities following him and interviewing him and his family, his sister said.


While Antolin Garcia-Torres knew he was being interviewed and followed in connection with the disappearance of Sierra LaMar, the Morgan Hill resident seemed nonchalant about the investigation and was talking to his older sister, Lucero, about going back to work.

“He didn’t seem concerned, he just continued with his everyday activities,” Lucero Garcia, 26, said.

“He thought it was all a confusion, that’s how he would kind of bring it out. What he was saying was, 'I hope when all this is over I can go back to getting my job' and this and that.”

Authorities put Antolin under 24-hour surveillance on March 28, the day investigators learned that , discovered in a field two days after her disappearance on March 16.

It’s unknown how long Antolin knew detectives were following him, or what tipped him off, but the murder suspect apparently knew Big Brother wasn’t far off.

“He knew [he was being followed] and he was just saying, “Just do what you do every day. Just be normal,’” Alondra Garcia, the suspect’s 20-year-old sister, said. “I was telling him that I was paranoid because I felt like I was being followed because he was being followed.”

Sheriff Sgt. Jose Cardoza said he didn’t know if Antolin knew he was being trailed, but that it shouldn’t have jeopardized the case in any way.

“I don’t know directly if he knew. He may or may not have known, but that didn’t hinder or stop the investigation or anything the detectives did,” Cardoza said. “It happens, it’s not common [for suspects to find out they’re being followed] but it does happen.”

Detectives also searched the mobile home that Antolin lives in with his mother, Laura, his wife Francine and 19-month-old daughter Emily. They confiscated Antolin’s toothbrush, boots and blankets, according to Lucero, who said a long braid of her mother’s hair was confiscated as well.

Cardoza confirmed that authorities searched the RV after obtaining a search warrant, although he couldn’t specify the date the search took place, nor could he comment on the confiscated items, aside from the hair.

“In general, when a hair sample is taken from somebody, it would be processed for forensic evidence,” he said. “In criminal investigations, when hair samples are taken it’s to conduct forensic testing." 

Lucero also said that sheriff’s personnel interviewed their family at the RV, her apartment and at the sheriff’s station a couple of week’s before Antolin was arrested. During the interviews, Antolin was asked about his childhood, where he grew up, what he liked to do and how he was at school, she said. 

Despite the interviews, Antolin continued to act unconcerned. The last time Lucero saw her brother, “He was just saying, ‘oh, I heard that they went over to your place too,’ and I was like ‘yeah, they were asking me a bunch of questions,’ and he was like ‘oh, that’s stupid.’”

It apparently isn't too uncommon to read about murder suspects acting unconcerned. A San Antonio mother was described by police as acting “nonchalant” after stabbing her two infant children to death in 2010. In another case, a New Jersey man charged with murdering his wife in January was described by a family member as acting nonchalant when questioned about the victim’s whereabouts.  

In comparison to another high profile case, Casey Anthony, who was accused of murdering her daughter Caylee, acted so nonchalant about her daughter’s disappearance that she reportedly spent some of her child-free days hitting up clubs. However, the Florida jury presiding over the case found Anthony not guilty.

Antolin is being charged with the . The formal reading of the charges has been . 

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page on Gilroy Patch.

Kell May 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
The fact that he wasn't concerned is beyond disturbing. Scott Peterson wasn't concerned either. Neither was Ted Bundy, who even during his trial didn't seem concerned. There is a PROBLEM when people aren't concerned, and it's called NO conscious and it's NOT good!
Tom Foolery May 26, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Hang em High
Lacey Haag May 26, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I think he needs to rought jail and he needs to tell the family where she is cuz as a father of a daughter he should have respect cuz what if that was his daughter he would feel the same way if this happen to his daughter.....he should rot in hell for what he has done
Angela Hintz May 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I would like to address Antolin's family...Why do you think he is innocent? DNA dosen't lie! We all want to believe our loved ones in a situation like this could never commit such acts however we are never with them 24/7 so to make the comment he is innocent is obsurd. I do believe he had some involvement with the kidnapping and disappearance in Sierra Lamar due to DNA evidence. Antolin's DNA is not a mistake. As family members of Antonlin you must open your eyes to the conclusive DNA matches and not be so naive that he was capable of the crime he is being charged with. Unfortunately this is a sad situation for both families involved and hopefully justice is served for both families.
DEBBIE GALLIEN May 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
PEOPLE WHO DONT UNDERSTAND THE CASE SHOULD NOT REALLY DECIDE THE FATE OF ANYONE BEFORE ALL THE FACTS COME OUT/AND DNA DOES SOMETIMES LIE LOOK AT ALL THE CASES YEARS LATER THAT HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT OVER BAD DNA TESTS... DONT GET ME WRONG HERE IF HE SOUGHT HER OUT AND KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED HER HE NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL FOR A VERY LONG TIME.. BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT MORNIGN FOR SURE DID HE HIT HER WITH HIS CAR AND PANIC? DID HE JUST HAPPEN UPON HER AND DECIDE TO DO THIS ? HAD HE SEEN HER BEFORE AND STALKED HER? OR DID HE REALLY NOT DO THIS ,,NONE OF US KNOW THE TRUTH MAYBE HIM NOT BEING COMCERNED WAS BECUASE HE DIDNT DO IT ?OR MAYBE AS SOME ARE SAYING HE HAS NO CONSCIENCE I DONT KNOW AND YOU DONT KNOW,,LETS NOT TRY THIS CASE IN THE PRESS LETS LET THE LAW DO WHATS IT SUPPOSED TO DO AND BRING ALL THE FACTS FIRST.. AND I,M ALSO CONFUSED AS TO WHY IF HIS DNA MATCHES DNA FROM THE SAFEWAY PARKING LOT ASSUALTS WHY WAS HE NOT IN JAIL ALREADY FOR THOSE CASES??????AND MAYBE NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF HE IS INDEED THE PERSON THAT DID THIS???? THEY HAD HIS DNA SUPPOSEDLY FROM THE 2009 ARREST WHY ONLY NOW DID THEY MANAGE TO MATCH IT WITH THE SAFEWAY INCIDENTS??? I,M NOT SAYING EITHER WAY IF HES GUILTY OR INOCCENT I,M JUST SAYING WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN TO THIS GIRL IF THEY HAD THAT INFORMATION FOR THREE YEARS?
CindyL May 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Why is this writer adding in a reference to the Casey Anthony case? If a jury renders a decision of not guilty then using that as a guilty case is inappropriate. According to the law a person is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. She was never "proven" guilty so she can never be used as an example of someone who was guilty but acted nonchalantly. Viewing Casey as guilty is what the mob viewed her as. Co-opting a vast and highly charged hate-filled mob view of a case goes against the spirit and the letter of the Constitution and is in poor taste. Casey is innocent according to the law. Leave it at that.
Greg May 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Put me in a locked room with the punk for an hour and I will find out what he did to that innocent little girl. There wouldn't be anything left to stand trail though, but who cares. All he is good for is fertelizer now anyway, save the state some money.
saddiq edwards May 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
lack of feeling is called being sociopathic. believing despite the evidence is called blind faith support of your family when you know they are guilty is called being an accomplish to the crime. This is not rocket science!!!
Greg May 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Well said Cindy. She was found innocent. We can however judge her as a extremely poor parent.
Neener Wiener May 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Saddiq, I think you mean "accomplice." Although, an accomplice accomplishes many things for a murderer, so you're on the right track there...
Exterminan The Destroyer May 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
That type of behavior is the type that a true sociopath would exhibit.
Corinne Speckert May 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hi Cindy. I didn't refer to the Casey Anthony trial as a guilty case at all. I clearly state in the article that Anthony was found not guilty. So I don't understand how you came to the conclusion that I used Anthony as an example "of someone who was guilty but acted nonchalantly." This is a direct quote from the article, "However, the Florida jury presiding over the case found Anthony not guilty." I actually reference the case to balance the article, to show that someone may act nonchalantly under similar circumstances, but that it doesn't indicate they're guilty (as we saw with the Casey Anthony trial). I understand that Casey is "innocent according to the law," and I did leave it at that. I simply stated facts about her behavior when her daughter was missing and then linked to an article on the topic. So in no way was I "Co-opting a vast and highly charged hate-filled mob view." If you have questions about an article I've written, please email or call me instead of publicly criticizing my work. I'm very reachable and am happy to hear from readers. Thanks for reading Gilroy Patch.
CindyL May 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Greg: the facts of the case indicated that all of her friends considered Casey a very good parent and that she loved her daughter deeply. If you are referring to Casey's behavior after her daughter disappeared... she was no longer a parent at that point so she can't be a good or bad parent at that point. According to the testimony at trial there was this idea floated around that an accident caused Caylee's death. But none of us know what exactly happened do we? We would be merely guessing. So why don't we just leave the snide remarks off and let God judge her for anything He thinks she needs to repent of. Casey was freed and found not guilty because of the lack of hard evidence. We can only guess... and guessing doesn't make anything factual. Only facts do and even they can be twisted to many many different things.
Kell May 28, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Simply because someone was found not guilty by the court does not mean that they did not commit a crime. It simply means that in the court of law there was not enough evidence to find a guilty verdict. There are plenty of people who have committed crimes and were not prosecuted due to lack of evidence or who went to trail and were found not guilty. Not guilty does NOT mean innocent! I too questioned why Casey Anthony was mentioned in this article however not for the same reasons you were.
triple@family May 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
SHE IS A JOURNALIST FOR A REASON PEOPLE LIKE SERIOUSLY, AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT CASEY ANTHONY! THIS IS ABOUT SIERRA LAMAR! AND LIKE CINDY READ BEFORE YOU WRITE! AND PLUS WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT CASEY ANTHONY WE ALL KNOW IS KILLED THAT BABY GIRL PLAIN AND SIMPLE! AND IF YOU DONT THINK SO GO SLAP THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR SELF! DNA CAN NEVER BE WRONG! ITS PERSONALIZES, YOU HARD HARD IS THAT TOO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE (CINDY)?
triple@family May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
HOW HARD IS THAT? TYPO
triple@family May 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM
GOD CANT EVEN HELP YOU CINDY L STOP TALKING OUT OF YOUR ASS!

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