Marc Klaas: I'm Not Convinced Sierra's Dead

Klaas thinks there are too many holes in the Sheriff's argument for him to be 100 percent sure the teen's dead.

Although authorities are currently treating the disappearance of Sierra LaMar as a kidnapping and murder, KlassKids Founder Marc Klaas said he isn't sure the public should be searching for a body.

Klaas said several factors lead him to believe Sierra could be alive: The suspect, Antolin Garcia-Torres, does not have a history of violence against women or children aside from one case that was eventually dropped, a weapon hasn’t been found and a cause of death hasn’t been reported.

Morgan Hill police officers have evidence positively linking Garcia-Torres to a , although official charges have yet to be filed. Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Troy Hoefling said officers are in the process of preparing a report for the District Attorney's Office and that they'll complete it very soon.

Perhaps the most important reason Klaas can't confidently say Sierra's dead is because her body hasn't been found. The  was uncovered, Thursday, in a trash can in Pleasanton but detectives haven't confirmed whether it's Sierra.

“Let’s say you have children, and you’ve gone through some hideous situation and the police call and say this is the guy who did it. You ask, ‘does he have a murder conviction, or a history of crime against women and children?' They say, ‘well there was one incident, but it was dropped.’ You ask, ‘do you have a weapon or a body?’ They say ‘no.’ Then what you're doing is giving me an opinion based on circumstantial evidence that's found,” he said.

However,    makes some doubt that Sierra's alive. Plus, the popular cheerleader’s background disqualifies her as a runaway candidate, and why would the Sheriff’s Office say Sierra’s a murder victim unless they’re 100 percent positive?

Then again, the and hope that she's alive prevents many from positively reaching a decision on Sierra’s condition.

“They’ve been vague with telling us what they have. They say they have his DNA on her bag, that they can place her in his car,” Klaas said. “Based on what I’ve heard, they haven’t made the case that this girl is 100 percent dead.”

Although , authorities can't release many details because the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff's personnel are investigating the LaMar case as a homicide based on information that hasn't been released to the public, Sheriff Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.

Klaas can positively say that Garcia-Torres is responsible for Sierra's disappearance, though, and says the 

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

ARLEEN R. GALAVIZ May 25, 2012 at 08:39 PM
billy barns May 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Then where is she, tide up in a shed this is not an episode of dextier where you find her in 45 minute she'S gone
Ray May 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I agree, i don't understand why they say Sierra's dead without enough proof and evidence. Its so stupid to assume that she's dead just because she never tweeted, emailed or communicated since she disappeared. No body, no weapons, no blood and they concluded she's been murdered. I would suggest that they should look another possible scenario of human traficking here where a lot of missing people end up, they should be aware that it's a huge worldwide crime organization. I suggest that they should watch these movies "TRADE" and "TAKEN" about abductions and traficking. This is like the Natalee Holloway case where the suspect admitted to selling Natalee to human trafickers and had a previous arrest for human traficking in Thailand but yet they authorities put less attention to traficking and declared Natalee Holloway legally dead same is true with missing teen Holly Bobo, her case went cold. I supported Ashton Kutcher's and Demi Moore's anti-traficking cause after knowing what happened to missing Amy Bradley who also went missing in Aruba and found working as a drugged prostitute in a brothel by U.S. soldier but never rescued because authorities again paid less attention about human traficking where a person is taken, drugged and force to work as prostitutes and slaves. This is happening and they should know better so i strongly believe Sierra's still alive held against her will and waiting to be rescued so let's not give up and find her.
Linda May 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We need 2 keep praying that if she is alive... she will get an open door to be released and able to go home.. For nothing is impossibe with God...
Kell May 25, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I hope and pray that she is alive and will be home soon. However, the police are saying they have DNA. You don't know what kind of DNA it is and it would be blood....we don't know because they haven't told us and personally I don't expect them to tell us as it will compromise their case against this guy. I don't expect the police to tell the media everything and I don't know why anyone would.
Jaclyn May 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Wow, Arleene, Ray & Linda beautiful comments guys!
nancy May 26, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I would love to see Sierra come home alive. Unfortunately, I'm almost certain the reality of tragic evidence will produce a different outcome. Marc Klaas is right: there's no body so we don't have 100% confirmation. Respect the incredibly difficult task LE has by supporting their need to keep many of the details under cover. More than likely there are many pieces to this nightmare we will not know for some time. Be patient: unless the suspect gives up the truth we are all in for a long, disgusting ride. God bless the LaMar family and their precious daughter. Your community will not stop until there is justice for Sierra. Let's all do what we can to bring Sierra home.
Kell May 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Nancy, very well said.
Lyn May 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Maybe (God watch over her) she was traded into sex slavery..I have read this is as big as drug trafficing......God watch over sierria and her family
Greg May 27, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I certainly hope Sierra is alive and will be found soon but the police are not irresponsible in their statements. There is a reason they are charging this slimeball with murder. They probably do not want to jeapordize the case against him in any way so they are not stating why they charged him with murder. This scumbag needs to tell the cops where she is voluntarily, if not then extract the information from him through whatever means necessary.
monica May 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Reading Ray's comment, it seems to me when authorities find out the kidnapped had been traded into trafficking they realize they will never again retrieve that person and declare them dead and in turn charge as murder without a body.
Mari May 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I truly want to believe that Sierra is alive. But this situation reminds me of the movie"Megan is Missing".
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