Possible Clues Uncovered In Search For Sierra LaMar

MORGAN HILL (CBS 5) – The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday night that clues possibly linked to the Sierra LaMar case have been found.

According to authorities, a box labeled “handcuffs” and used condoms were found near Palm Drive in a rural area of Morgan Hill on Thursday.

The site is within a mile and a half of where detectives previously found the missing teenager’s cellphone and a bag of her clothes. It is also near the site where police believe LaMar was likely abducted.

The items were discovered by a volunteer from The KlassKids Foundation, which has launched an effort to search for LaMar.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

A crime lab will determine if the items are related to the teen’s disappearance.

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Hundreds of volunteers have been scouring the area surrounding LaMar’s home this week after sheriff’s officials re-classified the case as an abduction and announced that authorities had all but ruled out the possibility that the Ann Sobrato High School sophomore had run away.

Sheriff’s dive teams with specially trained rescue K-9s took to the area’s waterways to search for human remains and hundreds of volunteers have been participating in search efforts organized by The KlaasKids Foundation.

Founded by Mark Klaas, whose 12-year-old daughter Polly Klaas was kidnapped from her Petaluma home in 1993, the organization is managing the volunteers and deploying its own search and rescue resources to help find Sierra.

Personnel from the sheriff’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other agencies have dedicated more than 3,000 hours to the case, according to Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

Detectives continue to investigate more than 500 tips related to the case sent to the sheriff’s office via phone or email, he said.

LaMar, 15, was last seen on the morning of March 16th leaving for school from her Morgan Hill home. She did not attend school that day.

Investigators later found Sierra’s cellphone off of a roadway near her home around Dougherty and Palm avenues as well as her black, Juicy brand purse, which contained a folded pair of pants and a T-shirt belonging to the teen.

The teen’s classmates at Ann Sobrato High School have established a reward fund for Sierra’s safe return and placed a donation box in the school’s front office.

Checks can be made payable to Ann Sobrato High School ASB and mailed or dropped off at the school, located at 401 Burnett Avenue.

The KlaasKids Foundation has also established a fund to help in the search. To contribute to the fund a link is available at Facebook.com/find.sierra.lamar or contributions can be made directly to the Sierra LaMar Fund at any Chase bank.

Donations of food, water bottles, office supplies or money are also welcome, according to KlaasKids.

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  • JaneQPublic

    Seems like a LOT of valuable time was lost before declaring this an abduction…

  • Louis Manos

    Have they not been all over that area on PALM and SANTA TERESA all this time? Just like the rest of the items it just shows up seems strange with all the different agencies involved in the area of a 3 mile radius that all these clues should have been seen 2 weeks ago if they were paying attention.

  • lethal

    the cops are stupid and wasting time just like the hayward cops and the missing kaiser student, when the clules are right in your FACE, ive said this right away when she got kidnap, she got raped and murder. no hopes for being a missing person’s case! DUR

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    […] continued their search for LaMar on Friday. One team concentrated on a field in rural Morgan Hill where an empty handcuff box and used condoms were found. The evidence has been sent to a crime lab to determine if the items are connected to LaMar’s […]

  • http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/03/31/civilian-volunteers-to-join-search-for-sierra-lamar/ Hundreds Of Civilian Volunteers To Join Search for Sierra LaMar « CBS San Francisco

    […] Thursday an empty handcuff box and used condoms were found in a rural field. They have been sent to a crime lab to see if they are connected to LaMar’s […]

  • tboneis

    It interesting…if you drive around the general crime scene at Palm and Dougherty at night, there’s no police visible anywhere. My girlfriend and I have been driving at night late looking around, there’s no cops anywhere, no visible presence to be seen. You would think they would be out late at night looking for suspicious persons don’t you? I’m talking not even 1 visible police car! I’ve seen a group of sheriffs in the afternoon around 2:00 pm stopping off at Pete’s coffee in Morgan Hill; typical. They certainly did not have an urgent look on their faces that’s for sure!

    As usual, the people that are going to solve this case are the public and Marc Klaas with volunteers; not the Sheriffs!!

  • Hannah

    Ok, can they get fingerprints off the phone or check the sperm dna in the condoms???

  • Duane

    By the time this got raised to the level of an abduction she could be pretty much anywhere in the world. Maybe the police should spend less time in Morgan Hill and more time in Fremont where she could have told the wrong person she was moving to the middle of nowhere.

  • http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/04/07/sierra-lamars-family-announces-reward-for-her-safe-return/ Sierra LaMar’s Family Announces Reward For Her Safe Return « CBS San Francisco

    […] The only clues in the case to come out in the first few days of her disappearance were when her cell phone and purse were found, but they’ve lead to no indication of her […]

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