Sierra Lamar Recovery Operation Could Take Leverage Away from Accused Killer

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 23 May 2012 01:37:33 -0800

MORGAN HILL (KRON) -- The news of an arrest in the murder and kidnapping of missing teenager Sierra Lamar is giving new motivation to volunteers preparing to renew their search for the Morgan Hill girl.

Volunteers will report to Burnett Elementary School in Morgan Hill for the first official recovery operation of the search.

Marc Klaas of the Klaas Kids Foundation says it's more important than ever to locate Sierra's remains before the suspect in her killing, Antolin Garcia-Torres can trade the location of her body for potential leniancy.

"To be able to take the power that this guy currently holds over us to make a deal for his miserable disgusting life and to put him where he belongs which is behind some triple set of bars where he can never do harm to another living person," Klaas tells KRON 4's Kate Thompson.

So far authorities say Garcia-Torres isn't cooperating with investigators.

In addition to the volunteers, trained search and rescue workers with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's department will be out searching area ponds and reservoirs using side-scanning sonar in an attempt to find Sierra's remains.  While the victim's mother, Marlete Lamar, says she still has hope that her daughter will be found alive, authorities say they have physical and circumstantial evidence to make them believe this is a murder case.

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

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