Volunteers, Authorities Conducting Searches For Sierra Lamar Wednesday

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:36:12 -0800

MORGAN HILL (KRON) -- Volunteers, led by the KlaasKids Foundation, are out conducting searches for missing teenager Sierra Lamar Wednesday just as sheriff's investigators  hope to wrap up their search of several ground water percolation ponds a few miles from the home where the teen was last seen more than a month ago.

Volunteers have once again gathered at Burnett Elementary School in Morgan Hill to conduct another search for the teen. The focus of the volunteer search will be on land while sheriff's investigators are set to concentrate their searches to waterways. KRON 4's Will Tran reports that Sierra's mother, Marlene Lamar, was on hand at Burnett Elementary Wednesday morning thanking volunteers for their efforts.
The latest volunteer search comes after investigators, identified several items of interest in reservoirs Tuesday but further investigation from divers showed the anomalies were just rock piles or shadows unrelated to the search for Sierra.

Police say the 15-year-old disappeared on March 16 as she walked to a bus stop not far from her Morgan Hill home. Her purse and cell phone were found nearby and have been taken to the crime lab for analysis.

Detectives say some of those results are promising but remain vague about exactly where the evidence may lead.

"We're not specifying which specific results came back that pertain to which items," Santa Clara County Sheriff's department spokesman Jose Cardoza says.  "It has led to some further information, some further leads that they'll do some follow-up on.  So it may result in a person of interest in the case and it may not.  We just don't at this time.  The detectives today still need to do some follow up in regards to the evidence to see where it goes from there."

"There was no direct hit," Cardoza tells KRON 4's Rob Fladeboe.  "Whatever they got back is from confirmed reports but they don't point 100% to a person of interest or to a suspect which would be more concrete.  It is a possibility that based on the steps they will take that may lead them to that."

Authorities say the waterway search was scheduled before the promising lab results came back.  People who live near Coyote Creek say they're hopeful investigators find something that will lead them to answers about what happened to Sierra.

"I hope they don't find anything," neighbor Emma Thomas says.  "But I know the parents need closure and the community needs closure.  We all worry about our children."

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the search for Sierra Lamar.

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