The case of Sierra LaMar, a teenage girl who was reported missing a few months ago, is back in the limelight, as authorities have arrested the suspect, Antolin Garcia-Torres. LaMar went missing after she left her home in Morgan Hill to go to school on the morning of March 16. Authorities believe that LaMar was kidnapped while she was on her way to the school bus stop. The matter got plenty of media attention and many protests were held in order to trigger an extensive search operation for her, but she was never found.
Antolin Garcia-Torres has been taken into custody for the possible death/kidnapping case of the Northern California teenager. According to The Huffington Post, he was arrested on Monday evening at a Safeway store in Morgan Hill. This news was shared by Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith in a press conference after the arrest.
Laurie Smith said in an official statement, "We believe we have probable cause that he committed the kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar.” Reporters were curious to extract more details from the sheriff and fired a lot of questions at her. She further said that investigators had gathered "a lot of physical evidence" that tie 21-year-old Garcia-Torres to the case, as reported by San Jose Mercury News.
Reporters demanded for more information which will be provided in a news conference that is scheduled for Tuesday.
Many volunteers got together to look for her in fields, open spaces and reservoirs near Morgan Hill after LaMar was reported missing. The KlaasKids Foundation has been very active in helping track Sierra LaMar. This foundation was founded by Marc Klaas, whose own daughter was kidnapped from her Petaluma home and murdered in 1993. They have scheduled search days twice a week just for this cause.
LaMar's handbag with clothing and a cellphone was found beside a road near her home on March 17, one day after she was reported missing. A red Volkswagen, spotted earlier this month, was reported to be associated with LaMar's abduction. Authorities have released a few details about the car - which could be helpful in tracking the missing teenager.