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Arrest Made in Sierra LaMar Disappearance

The San Martin man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnapping.

A San Martin man has been arrested in connection to kidnapping of missing teen Sierra Lamar, according to media reports.

According to KTVU 2, Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, was taken into custody Monday and questioned about LaMar's disappearance. He is the owner of the red VW Jetta investigators seized earlier this month.

KTVU 2's TV report says Garcia-Torres is facing one count of murder and one count of kidnapping.

KTVU 2's online report states:

Sources said there is some DNA evidence linking Garcia-Torres to the clothing found in Sierra La Mar's backpack.

We have also been told that Garcia-Torres has been under around-the-clock surveillance since he was identified, including at his job and at his San Martin home.

A news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday morning to provide more details about the arrest, sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.

This story will be updated once more details are available.

Sierra, 15, disappeared after she left for school on the morning of March 16.

Investigators later found Sierra's cellphone off of a roadway near her home around Dougherty and Palm avenues as well as her black, Juicy-brand purse.

Earlier this month, investigators located a red Volkswagen Jetta believed to be linked to Sierra's disappearance. Hundreds of volunteers have been scouring the area surrounding Sierra's home since the sheriff's office reclassified the case as an abduction.

—Bay City News contributed to this report.

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page on Gilroy Patch.

Cathy P. May 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Kudos to law enforcement, so sad for the family. I hope the dirtbag rots in prison and then in hell.

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