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Sierra LaMar: Anatomy of a Search Day 73

Close to 8,000 search volunteers have been dispatched on 750 search assignments covering a 20-mile radius around Sierra’s home, but we haven’t found anything relevant to her disappearance.

I am very concerned that we haven’t found Sierra. This has to be one of history’s largest sustained searches for a missing person. Close to 8,000 search volunteers have been dispatched on 750 search assignments that have blanketed a 20-mile radius around Sierra’s home and we haven’t found anything relevant to her disappearance.

A few weeks ago the terms of the reward were altered to include, “information leading to the conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the disappearance of Sierra LaMar,” and no one has yet to come forward. On June 13 Steve and Danielle LaMar held a press conference that was very well-attended by local media to announce that the .

We continue to dispatch dozens of searchers on scheduled search days. They search new areas and high-probability areas that have been previously searched. Despite our lack of progress, morale remains high.

We have inspired, cajoled, and manipulated every angle I can think of to recover Sierra, yet her location continues to elude our grasp. If I thought that it would help to resolve this case, I would get down on my hands and knees to grovel and beg for an endgame. What is this brick wall that we keep hitting, and what will it take to move it?

The perpetrator and his family have amply demonstrated that they are not criminal masterminds. His claim that he never met Sierra is dispelled by the fact that police have his . His mother, but admits that she is not his shadow.

To think that Antolin Garcia-Torres hid Sierra so successfully and kept that information to himself is patently absurd. I think that he has confided his secret, but to whom?

Near the end of the search day I received a call from my old friend Mike Reynolds. Mike is the father of California’s 3-Strikes and You’re Out law which became a voter driven statute in 1994. He told me that there is an initiative on California’s November ballot to overturn the law, which holds career criminals accountable by providing penalty enhancements for subsequent felonies.

I am struck by the irony of this latest effort to soft step crime and return dangerous criminals to the very communities that are already so dangerous that we cannot let our daughters walk alone for fear they will be victimized.

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Kell June 23, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I find it very hard to believe that no one knows anything. I am sure that if his family and friends thought about it they DO know something. I hope and pray that Sierra is found soon.
Albert Rubio June 23, 2012 at 06:15 PM
> there is an initiative on California’s November ballot to overturn the [3 strikes] law,... I am struck by the irony of this latest effort to soft step crime and return dangerous criminals to the very communities that are already so dangerous that we cannot let our daughters walk alone for fear they will be victimized. I sympathize with the situation and the idea that we should not be soft on violent crime. The problem of including victimless crimes alongside violent crimes is a great evil not further discussed here. One serious problem however, is that 3 strikes is not only arbitrary in baseball, but is a rather arbitrary in crime stopping as well. In baseball it does no harm. In society, it is not so likely. This addition of 3 strikes rule is arbitrary and lacks proportion, method, philosophy or science. it is natural to be angry at violent crime and to try and mitigate it, but such anger is never satisfied. It is renewed by reports of the next crime. It does not take into account that crime cannot be abolished. While I am no criminologist, I am capable of an educated view as the next person. I believe strongly that 3 strikes law was a dubious idea from the start, but after being given a chance, the record does not justify it. We would all be better off not supporting easy fixes that oversimplify the problem we wish would go away. Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_strikes_law
andrew June 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
How about any underground areas? Is there any around? I'm sure dogs are being used in case he killed and buried her right? What about his house? Maybe he has an underground entrance. Maybe one of his buddies are involved? Maybe she's being kept at his house? Find this girl!!

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