Update: Search Continues In Sierra Lamar Case As Authorities Look Into Possible Evidence

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:46:58 -0800

MORGAN HILL (KRON)--A volunteer search for Sierra Lamar enters its fourth day just as authorities pour over possible evidence related to the disappearance of the teen who has now been missing for two weeks.
 
KRON 4's Will Tran reports that dozens of volunteers are showing up at Burnett  Elementary School in Morgan Hill Friday to conduct their fourth day of seaches for Sierra, who disappeared the morning of March 16 shortly after leaving her mother's home to go a bus stop to go to school. Will reports that the turn out of volunteers is well on its way to matching the high turnout on Tuesday, where an estimated 600 people showed up to assist in search efforts.
 
The latest search comes as authorities say volunteers on Thursday located an empty box with the label reading "stainless steel handcuffs" and two used condoms near the box. Authorities say the items were located at the dead end of Palm Avenue west of Santa Teresa Boulevard. Sheriff's investigators were notified and responded to the scene. According to investigators, due to the close proximity of the findings to Sierra's mother's house and the nature of the items, they were collected as possible evidence and will be submitted to the county crime lab for analysis. Police say it is not known if the items are connected to  Sierra's disappearance and that volunteers and deputies have searched that  area multiple times since her disappearance and the box and condoms were not  spotted.
 
Investigators have come to the conclusion that Sierra was likely kidnapped after dozens of interviews with family and friends of the missing teen. They say there's no evidence of negative family issues, previous runaway attempts, or anything else that suggests she had any reason to want to leave. Meanwhile the FBI has conducted polygraph testing on Sierra's family and investigators checked with parolees and known criminals in the area close to Sierra's home. Authorities are asking the public to look out for any suspicious activity that may indicate a connection to the case.
 
"The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to please report any suspicious activity observed from neighbors, co-workers, or other persons in the community," the sheriff's department said in a written statement earlier this week.  "Suspicious activity can include: someone who suddenly changes their appearance, recently cleaned their vehicle in an excessive manner, has unexpectedly missed work days, and/or obsesses or avoids media reports about the case."
 
Search and rescue teams from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office were out Wednesday conducting searches in areas north of Palm Avenue and south of Bailey Road. The Sheriff's Office Dive Team unit was also on hand searching Ulvas Reservoir and Parkway Lakes, but no evidence was recovered. Sierra's mother, Marlene Lamar, made a desperate plea late Wednesday afternoon asking for her daughters return. 
 
“I would like to put out a personal plea to whoever is holding my daughter against her will, we understand there may have been events that led you to the situation.” Lamar said.  "We just want her safe return, we are not focusing on getting you in trouble, we just want to end this nightmare.” 
 
KlaasKids volunteers will be out conducting searches daily through Sunday.
 
Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON.com for updates on the search for Sierra Lamar.
 
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