The disappearance of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, who has been missing since March 16, has affected thousands of people from across the state, country and beyond. The Help Find Sierra LaMar Facebook page, created to provide updates regarding the LaMar case, has over 20,000 "likes" and several other Facebook pages have been created for the missing Sobrato High School student.
Over the course of Sierra's disappearance, thousands of individuals have invested countless hours in the search for Sierra, and many others have left comments on articles and the Gilroy Patch Facebook page asking how they can help in Sierra's recovery.
While Marlene LaMar, Sierra's mother, has encouraged the public to participate in weekly searches for Sierra, she also knows it isn't the most practical option for individuals living outside of the Morgan Hill area.
For individuals living outside of South County, Marlene has provided the below list of suggestions detailing the different ways to contribute to her daughter's recovery.
- Search local creek areas, parks and other land where you live, especially near bodies of water since and he may be familiar with far-away waterways.
- Increase awareness where you live by telling people you know about Sierra's case, posting her picture on your social media accounts, etc.
- Be on the lookout for her and for any evidence you think may be related to her disappearance.
- Post on your social media accounts that the search center remains open every Wednesday and Saturday. Let people know that Wednesday searches are happening mostly in the morning and aren't likely to continue the entire day, and that Saturday searches are last throughout the day.
- Purchase t-shirts, buttons and car magnets from the search center to be distributed where you live. T-shirts and magnets are being sold for $10 and buttons for a cheaper price. Funds raised from the sale of these items go toward the .
Authorities believe Sierra was kidnapped and murdered by Morgan Hill resident Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, . He is being held in Santa Clara County Jail and is set to appear in court on July 31.
For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page on Gilroy Patch.