Friends and family of missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar mark the two-month anniversary of her disappearance Wednesday with another search.
Sierra, 15, disappeared after she left for school on the morning of March 16, prompting extensive searches of the area. Sheriff's investigators have said they believe her disappearance is an abduction.
“This is not how I wanted to acknowledge this date,” Sierra’s father, Steve, said. “But I am grateful that the community continues to support her cause.”
Despite Sierra’s multi-month absence, support remains strong for the Sobrato High Student, with more searches underway Wednesday and Saturday.
“The KlaasKids Foundation is continuing to assist law enforcement and the LaMar family with future searches,” a KlaasKids representative wrote in a prepared statement.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's investigators are continuing their searches for Sierra as well, and will be sending divers into Anderson Reservoir Wednesday. The divers will verify , and will check other areas of interest at Almaden and Guadalupe reservoirs later this week.
Here’s a list of tips for volunteers:
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear long pants and sturdy, covered toe shoes.
- Searches will be by foot, so be prepared for a variety of terrain. Search areas can range from fields to dense woods, including areas with increasing elevation. To get an idea of the terrain volunteers may search through, view these .
- Bring items that prove useful, like a small backpack to carry water and snacks, along with bug spray and pre-poison oak lotion. A hiking stick or golf club, and gloves are also beneficial items.
What: Volunteer searches for Sierra LaMar
When: Wednesday, May 16, and Saturday, May 19.
Where: Burnett Elementary School, located at 85 Tilton Road in Morgan Hill. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
—Gilroy Patch and The Bay City News Service contributed to this report