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Police interview friends of missing teen Sierra LaMar

March 20, 2012 |  5:49 pm

A flier asks for help finding Sierra LaMar.

Investigators searching for Sierra LaMar, the 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl missing since Friday, are questioning classmates and others as they intensify their search.

Authorities told NBC3 News that they plan to talk to students at her high school and also make a search of her home. They are having forensic technicians test her cellphone, which was found over the weekend near her home.

Sierra's mother, meanwhile, pleaded for her safe return in an interview with a local newspaper.

“I want her home, we love you so much, we really miss you,” Marlene LaMar said in the Morgan Hill Times. “If there’s somebody out there that knows where she is, or is holding her against her will, please find it in their heart to let her go and let her come home to us.”

Searchers have been scouring the south Santa Clara County community looking for Sierra.

She was last seen Friday morning before school, and officials said her last text was sent about 6:30 or 7 a.m. that day.

She never showed up for classes at Sobrato High School.

“It is devastating for me any time we have a student who might be in any type of dangerous situation,” Principal Debbie Padilla said at a news conference.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff's Department at (408) 808-4431.

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Photo: A flier asks for help finding Sierra LaMar.

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