Authorities in Santa Clara County, Calif., have resumed the search for missing teenager Sierra LaMar, who vanished eight weeks ago today.
Investigators will be conducting ground searches in south Morgan Hill this afternoon. Searchers will focus on open fields and construction sites, according to Sgt. Jose Cardoza, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff.
Underwater search teams will also resume water searches today at two reservoirs in unincorporated south San Jose.
"Almaden Quicksilver reservoir will be checked today with the assistance of a water borne detection K9 [and] side scan sonar checks will be conducted at Guadalupe reservoir," Cardoza said.
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Despite more than 2,000 tips and thousands of personnel hours, police have made little headway in the teen's baffling disappearance.
The most recent discovery in the case was made Tuesday, when investigators located a red Volkswagen Jetta that may be connected to LaMar's abduction. Surveillance cameras and witnesses have placed the vehicle near the area where authorities believe LaMar was abducted. Authorities have yet to comment on what, if anything, they have learned from an examination of the vehicle.
LaMar was last seen around 6 a.m. on March 16, when she left her Morgan Hill home in Santa Clara County to attend classes at Sobrato High School. The sophomore never made it to the bus or to school. The following day, authorities found LaMar's cellphone discarded along a road roughly three-quarters of a mile northwest of her mother's home. The day after that, her purse and a backpack were found in a location about a mile from where investigators recovered her cellphone.
Because LaMar does not have a history of running away and has a close relationship with her family, authorities suspect she might have been abducted, but police have no suspects and no persons of interest at this time.
The TV crime show America's Most Wanted will be covering the LaMar case for a second time on Friday. The show will air at 9 p.m. on the Lifetime channel.
Sierra LaMar is 5-foot-2-inches tall with a thin build. She has brown eyes and long, black hair, and was last seen with a Juicy brand purse with a black and pink design.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the sheriff's department at 408-808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. Email tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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