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Missing teen Sierra LaMar: Reservoir search to expand this week

April 16, 2012 |  2:18 pm

Sierra LaMar posters
Authorities in Santa Clara County say they will continue searching local reservoirs for missing teenager Sierra LaMar after a round of dives in local reservoirs came up empty.

Police believe the 15-year-old teen was abducted outside her Morgan Hill home the morning of March 16 as she was going to school. Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Jose Cardoza told The Times that authorities had received more than 1,400 tips and logged about 8,900 personnel hours on the case, but they remain without a person of interest.

Cardoza said Monday that dives into the Chesbro Reservoir and the Uvas Reservoir last week, both within a few miles of Sierra’s home, turned up “nothing related to the case.” Cardoza said Monday that authorities will begin some “pre-operation type work” to prepare for dives later this week into the Calero and Anderson reservoirs.

Those two reservoir are located from five to 10 miles from the home, and Cardoza said they are the only two remaining in the county.

“It’s just to be as thorough as possible,” Cardoza 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.  


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