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New leads being followed in LaMar disappearance

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sheriffs deputies are following new leads in the disappearance of Sierra LaMar obtained from crime lab analysis. Family to hold vigil for Sierra LaMar in Morgan Hill

Sheriff's deputies are following new leads in the disappearance of Sierra LaMar obtained from crime lab analysis. Investigators are keeping information very close to the vest. They say they have new leads, but what exactly, they aren't saying.

Divers have returned to the small bodies of water along Highway 101, less than a mile from sierra LaMar's Morgan Hill home. But this time, they're using special side-scanning equipment, which they say allows for a more thorough search.

"It provides both the reflections and shadows so it gives you more things to look at than just like a normal picture," Santa Clara Co. Sheriff's Sgt. Don Ray said. "The shadows can tell you more of what we're looking at than the actual reflection."

All of this comes on the same day investigators announced new developments in the LaMar case. The 15-year-old has been missing for exactly one month. They say crime lab results have given them new leads.

"The crime lab reports have resulted in some leads that require further follow up by the detectives at this time," Santa Clara Co. Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.

Since LaMar's disappearance, investigators have found her handbag and cellphone along the side of the road near her house, and in a nearby field: a box labeled handcuffs and some used condoms. But whether the new leads come from those items remains to be seen.

LaMar's family gathered Monday evening at Burnett Elementary School -- headquarters for the volunteer search effort. They released balloons carrying messages of hope that LaMar will come home safely.

"Everybody, we are so grateful, in giving us hope... I know she's going to be returned to us because of that," LaMar's mother Marlene LaMar said.

Divers will be back out Tuesday and will continue searching those bodies of water for the rest of the week.

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missing person, santa clara county, morgan hill, sierra lamar, south bay news, lilian kim
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