Missing teen Sierra LaMar possibly abducted, police say
This story has been corrected. See note at the bottom.
The search for missing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar in Santa Clara County is now being investigated as a possible abduction, officials said.
Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department said authorities believe LaMar may have been the victim of an acquaintance abduction, KTLA-TV reported. The high school cheerleader was last seen by her mother at 6 a.m. March 16 before she left for classes at Sobrato High School.
LaMar's mother learned her daughter was missing when she got a message from the school's automated attendance system at 6 p.m., police said. Her school bus driver later told police she never got on the bus that morning.
Searchers found the teenager's cellphone a day after her disappearance. The phone was found on the side of the road about a mile from her home in the opposite direction of the bus stop. Police said the phone looked as if it had been tossed.
The family is seeking help finding Sierra through their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Find.Sierra.LaMar .
A forensic investigation of the phone yielded no leads; neither did a search of her computer. A bag belonging to the teen was found two days later about mile from where the phone was recovered.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said the bag contained a neatly folded pair of pants and a T-shirt. Investigators have also interviewed area sex offenders, including Sierra LaMar's own father, Steve LaMar, who was convicted in 2009 of one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14, according to the Associated Press.
The victim was not Sierra LaMar or her older sister. Police say Steve LaMar has been cooperative and is not considered a suspect in his daughter's disappearance.
Sierra LaMar is 5-foot-2 with a thin build. She has brown eyes and long black hair.
[For the record, 11:50 a.m., March 31: The Times previously linked to the wrong facebook page and included a flier not authorized by the family.]
Photo: A flier asks for help finding Sierra LaMar.