Authorities in California said Tuesday that the father of a 15-year-old girl who went missing last week on her way to school is not a suspect in the ongoing search.
"He is not a person of interest in Sierra’s disappearance and has been fully cooperative since the beginning of the investigation," police said in a statement, according to MSNBC.
Friends, family and Morgan Hill community members gathered for a vigil at Ann Sobrato High School to grieve and pray for Sierra Lamar, who vanished shortly after leaving her home around 6 a.m. last Friday.
The girl's mother, Marlene Lamar, first learned that her daughter was missing when she received a message from the school's automated attendance system.
As part of the investigation, authorities interviewed registered sex offenders in the area, among them the girl's father, Steve Wayne LaMar. Police say that both parents have been accommodating to authorities and are not considered suspects at this time.
Detectives are also poring over the girl's phone records and web history in search of any clues, Fox News reported.
"I want her home. We love you so much, we really miss you," the girl's mother told the Morgan Hill Times. "If there's somebody out there that knows where she is, or is holding her against her will, please find it in their heart to let her go and let her come home to us."
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