Update: Attempted Kidnappings in San Jose and Walnut Creek Not Connected to Sierra Lamar Case

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 09 May 2012 20:50:52 -0800

MORGAN HILL (KRON) -- Volunteers joining the search for missing teenager Sierra Lamar say the discovery of a vehicle that may be connected with her disappearance is adding to their motivation.

Authorities haven't released new details about investigative leads coming from the red VW Jetta with a black hood. Forensic investigators continue to examine the vehicle for more potential evidence.

Santa Clara County detectives say they have determined there's no connection between Sierra's case and a series of recent kidnapping attempts involving teenagers in Walnut Creek and San Jose.

In the San Jose case, a man driving what police described as a red, compact passenger car tried to kidnap a 16-year-old girl using some type of electric device, possibly a stun gun, police said.

In the Walnut Creek case, a man driving a faded red older-model compact sedan tried twice in two days to lure a 13-year-old girl into his car.

Volunteers returned to the Morgan Hill area Wednesday but reportedly didn't find anything that would lead them to learn what happened to Sierra. The girl disappeared almost two months ago while leaving her mother's home to go to a school bus stop. Her purse containing clothes and her cell phone were located not far away.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's dive teams continue to search waterways and small lakes near the area where Sierra disappeared.

Earlier in the day Sierra's mother also expressed confidence in the efforts of volunteers and law enforcement.

"It was a confirmation that it was something physical," Marlene Lamar said. "People tell you they're investigating but when they come up with a physical piece of evidence, it just confirms that everyone is doing everything possible."

Lamar made the remarks Wednesday morning as several dozen volunteers responded to a call for more help searching the area. It's now been about two months since the 15-year old cheerleader left her mother's home near Morgan Hill supposedly to catch her school bus.

"No matter which way the situation goes, this will still bring closure to (the family)," volunteer Ernie Wheeler tells KRON 4's Will Tran. "It takes people to bring closure. You have to continue looking and that's why I do here."

The Klaas Kids Foundation is organizing the search activities.

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

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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