New Witnesses Emerge as Sierra Lamar Search Enters Third Month

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 16 May 2012 22:53:00 -0800

MORGAN HILL (KRON) -- The discovery of a car that appears connected to the disappearance of high school cheerleader Sierra Lamar is prompting new potential witnesses to come forward, the victim's mother tells KRON 4.

"I do know that there are witnesses that are coming forward since the release of the car," Marlene Lamar tells KRON 4's Alejandra Cerbal.  "It's draining and it's still exhausting and this nightmare really isn't going to end until her safe return."

Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies confirm they are expanding the people they're interviewing in an effort to locate the missing teen.

"Our efforts have been non-stop in interviews and those include interviewing people we spoke to before early in the case," Sgt. Jose Cardoza says.  "Sometimes it's a bonus when you interview someone weeks later after the initial part of the investigation.  Sometimes they remember things about the case.  So again, whether it's new interviews or re-interviews based on tips and leads, detectives continue to do interviews in the case."

These comments come as searchers mark exactly two months since Sierra was last seen before leaving for to catch a school bus from her mother's Morgan Hill home.  

"Although today marks the painful 2-month milestone since my daughter Sierra went missing, my family and I remain positive and confident that she will be back home safe with us soon," Sierra' father Steve Lamar said on a posting on the family web site.  "The outstanding care, love and support that the community has shown, enables my family and I to cope with this day and all the previous days since March 16. We are so thankful for this.  We will continue to do everything we can to find Sierra and bring her back safe to us. I ask everyone to keep Sierra in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers."

The two-month anniversary also marks an ebbing in the public's enthusiasm for helping in the search, Marc Klaas of the Klaas Kids Foundation tells KRON 4's Charles Clifford.  He says a total of 6,000 searchers have conducted about 600 assignments and searched a 20 mile radius of the Lamar home and have found "absolutely nothing."  

Still he says there is a core of about 50 volunteers who show up on a regular basis and they're looking for other methods of finding Sierra.

"We're working on a bike run for Sierra." Klaas says.  "That would really raise a lot of awareness about her.   We're looking at bringing the families of other missing persons in the Bay Area together for a show of solidarity.  And you know what, anything that anyone can come up with, we're totally open to new ideas."

Stay tuned to KRON4 and for complete coverage of the search for Sierra Lamar.

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