The Santa Clara County Sheriff has announced an arrest has been made in the case of missing California teenager Sierra LaMar.
Police have arrested and charged 21-year old Antolin Garcia-Torres in connection with the crime. Garcia-Torres faces felony counts of murder and kidnapping. A department spokesperson said he has not been overtly cooperative in relaying information helpful to locating LaMar. Her purse, phone and other forensic evidence were found alongside the road within two miles of where she was last reported seen. Police say the purse contained “neatly folded clothes”.
Investigators believe he acted alone. Garcia-Torres was identified as a subject after forensic evidence was run through a national law-enforcement database. His information had previously been entered into the system when he was arrested and charged with felony assault. The case was not prosecuted.
LaMar, 15, was first reported missing on March 16 when she disappeared while walking to the school bus stop. CNN has reported that sadly Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters she believes the teen to be dead.
Friend describe her as being very sociable and as someone who frequently kept in contact via text messaging, phone calls and social media websites. Since LaMar has been reported missing no one has been contacted, they said. Other items items important to her, such as her cell phone and medication, were oddly left behind.
It is unknown how long LaMar was kept alive or how she may have been killed, officers said. Her father, Steve LaMar, said the family’s primary focus is bringing their daughter home and having justice be served.