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Car linked to missing teen Sierra LaMar reportedly found

May 8, 2012 |  3:31 pm

Sierra LaMar

Investigators have found the red Volkswagen Jetta linked to the disappearance of a 15-year-old Santa Clara County girl.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the car had been found, but Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office declined to elaborate on the details, including when or where the vehicle was found.

"It's still an open investigation," Cardoza told the newspaper. "They don't want to compromise the investigation."

Authorities said earlier this week the car, distinct because of its black hood, was seen at the time and place where Sierra LaMar disappeared the morning of March 16 near Palm and Doughtery avenues in unincorporated Morgan Hill.

Surveillance cameras from buses and area businesses also spotted the car near where other evidence in the case was found, Cardoza said.

Investigators believe the Sobrato High School cheerleader was abducted while walking to a bus stop near her home. Her cellphone was found on the side of the road about a mile from her home in the opposite direction of the bus stop.

Dive teams are searching private ponds in the area along with two reservoirs, the Mercury News reported. However, Cardoza said there was no information “indicating she is no longer alive.”

"Sometimes no news is good news," he told the newspaper.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office at (408) 808-4500 or leave an anonymous tip at (408) 808-4431.


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Photo: Posters bearing images of missing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar were signed at Burnett Elementary School in unincorporated Morgan Hill last month. Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press