Red Jetta Still the Focus of Sierra Lamar Investigation

By: Brian Shields - Mon, 14 May 2012 19:43:23 -0800

MORGAN HILL (KRON) -- Forensic experts continue to scour a red Volkswagon Jetta with a black hood named as an important clue in the search for missing teenager Sierra Lamar.

Now KRON 4 News has learned authorities had the car in question in impound even before they put out an alert asking for the public's held in finding it.

"This red Jetta was known to investigators early on in the investigation at the end of March," Santa Clara County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza tells KRON 4's Terisa Estacio.  "There are other vehicles that we knew of at the time that were seen by a witness or the surveillance video that we obtained that were also in the area.  It wasn't until recently, the last couple of weeks based on some re-interviews and some tips and leads that came in that really piqued the detectives' interest.  They believed this red Jetta was associated."

Volunteers continue to search the areas around where Sierra was last seen more than two months ago leaving her home to catch the bus to school.  Police later located her cell phone and a purse containing spare clothes not far away.

Investigators say they do know know the registered owner of the red Jetta but aren't letting anyone know who he or she may be.

"We're just really not going to comment on in what capacity we believe it's associated, whether how big or how small, but we do believe it's connected in some way," Sgt. Cardoza adds.

Deputies have answered and checked out hundreds of leads in this case.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on this developing story.

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