Santa Clara County investigators have examined a missing 15-year-old girl’s cell phone and computer but say they have no clues to why she vanished nearly a week ago.
Sierra LaMar was last seen by her family in their home in an unincorporated area near Morgan Hill at about 6 a.m. Friday. Sheriff’s investigators say there is no evidence she was the victim of a crime, but they also say there is no sign she ran away.
Sierra posted on Twitter for the last time at about 6:30 a.m. Friday. She usually left to catch a bus to Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill at about 7:10 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
On Saturday, a search team found her cell phone at the side of the road less than a mile from her home, in the opposite direction from the bus stop. The phone was in one piece, but forensic examinations of it and of her computer have yielded no information about where she might be, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators have questioned more than 50 of Sierra’s friends at Sobrato High, where she is a sophomore, and Washington High School in Fremont, which she attended until she moved in with her mother in October. Before that, she lived with her father.
Authorities have also questioned registered sex offenders in the South Bay to determine where they were Friday morning.
Her father, Steve LaMar, released a statement Wednesday admitting he is a convicted sex offender but denying any involvement in his daughter’s disappearance.
“I understand the stigma associated with this in my background, and I assure everyone it is not connected in any way to my daughter’s disappearance,” LaMar said. “I ask that you please not shift the focus away from the investigation and from finding Sierra.”
He added, “Please understand, I am a dad, and I want nothing more than to find my missing daughter.”
Court documents show that LaMar was originally charged with 12 felony counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts with three children under 14 in March 2009. He pleaded guilty to one count and was sentenced in September 2009 to a year in county jail.
None of the three children was his daughter, documents show.
The Santa Clara County sheriff’s office says LaMar is not a person of interest in his daughter’s disappearance.
Sierra is 5-feet-2 with a thin build, dark hair and an olive complexion, and was last seen carrying a black-and-pink, Juicy brand purse.