Missing teen Sierra LaMar’s Twitter account is hacked
Authorities in Santa Clara County say someone fraudulently posted a tweet this week on missing teen Sierra LaMar’s Twitter account.
Sheriff's spokesman Jose Cardoza said the department planned to prosecute the person who posted the fraudulent tweet Wednesday if the crime occurred in California.
Impersonating someone without their consent on social media is a misdemeanor, he said Thursday.
Police believe the 15-year-old was abducted outside her Morgan Hill home the morning of March 16 as she was going to school. Authorities have received more than 1,400 tips and logged about 8,900 personnel hours on the case, Cardoza told The Times.
In the case of the phony tweet, he said, “it takes away from resources is the bottom line,” adding that investigators “have resources” to track down the origin of the tweet.
He said similar incidents have occurred at least once before, and LaMar’s family is aware such events occur from time to time. Wednesday’s tweet has been removed from LaMar’s account.
“It’s just to be as thorough as possible,” he said. “The investigators just want to be sure.”
The search to find Sierra — a competitive cheerleader whom friends and family describe as happy and outgoing — has brought together thousands of community volunteers.
Sheriff's officials have searched with special off-road vehicles and used volunteers to scour hillsides, vacant lots and residential streets. Sierra's family has posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.
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 with her clothes folded neatly inside.
Photo: Posters for missing teen Sierra LaMar. Credit: Associated Press