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NFL's Alex Smith joins search for missing teen Sierra LaMar

Sierra LaMar

Search efforts for missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar continued over the weekend, with a high-profile volunteer: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Sheriff’s officials with off-road vehicles and hundreds of volunteers scoured the area on Saturday for LaMar, 15, who police believe was abducted outside her home the morning of March 16, the Contra Costa Times reported.

Smith, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, dropped off food and water before assisting in the search, the newspaper reported.

The day after she disappeared, deputies found Sierra's cellphone lying near a road less than a mile from her home. The next day, her black-and-pink Juicy Couture purse turned up at an intersection two miles from her home — with her underwear and San Jose Sharks jersey folded neatly inside.

Santa Clara County officers and FBI agents have interviewed dozens of Sierra's friends and family members.

The search to find Sierra -- a competitive cheerleader whom friends and family describe as happy and outgoing with a love of hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj -- has brought more than 2,000 volunteers to a makeshift command post in this close-knit community since Tuesday.

A Silicon Valley bedroom community still dotted with farms and framed by rolling hillsides, the town has come together in ways locals say they have never seen before.

Sierra's father, 47-year-old Steve LaMar of Fremont, where Sierra had lived before joining her mom in Morgan Hill in October, said the outpouring has provided some solace.

"The support we're getting from the entire Bay Area, it's been incredible," LaMar said. "It helps us cope.... We love her. We're going to find her, and she's going to come home."

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Photo: Sierra LaMar. Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press

 
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