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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Sierra LaMar, 15, vanished after leaving her Morgan Hills, Calif. home on March 16 and headed for school.
Police found LaMar's cellphone on Saturday, March 17 -- the day after she was last seen. Cops said they're searching her phone records for clues.
LaMar was a cheerleader in high school before moving to a new town, Morgan Hill, with her mother in October. Her parents are divorced and police said that both were cooperating with the investigation.
Police are treating LaMar's disappearance as a missing person case. Her parents insist it's unlikely that she ran away.
LaMar is 5-feet-2-inches tall with a thin frame. She was carrying a pink and black Juicy purse when she left home.
Anyone with information about LaMar may contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office at (408) 299-2311
Deputy Peter Robinson, of the Santa Clara County Sheriff Underwater Search Unit, surveys a pond on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Morgan Hill, Calif. The search for missing 15-year-old Northern California girl expanded on Tuesday as investigators followed new leads one month since her disappearance. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's office would not say what the new leads were in the case of Sierra LaMar, except that they came from evidence already collected. The teen was seen leaving her Morgan Hill home on March 16. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A sign with a photo of missing teen Sierra LaMar is posted at an intersection on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Morgan Hill, Calif. The search for missing 15-year-old Northern California girl expanded on Tuesday as investigators followed new leads one month since her disappearance. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's office would not say what the new leads were in the case of Sierra LaMar, except that they came from evidence already collected. The teen was seen leaving her Morgan Hill home on March 16. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Santa Clara County Sheriffs underwater search unit prepares to lower a zodiac into Calero Reservoir to look for clues in the disappearance of missing teenage girl Sierra LaMar Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Morgan Hill, Calif. LaMar disappeared as she headed out for school on March 16, and her cellphone and bag were found tossed in two separate locations shortly after. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
HOLD FOR STORY: In this photo from Monday, March 26, 2012, posters bearing images of missing teen Sierra LaMar are seen at Burnett Elementary School in Morgan Hill, Calif. LaMar disappeared as she headed out for school on March 16, and her cellphone and bag were found tossed in two separate locations shortly after. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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.