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Suspect Arrested in Sierra LaMar Kidnapping

Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, of San Martin was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Sierra LaMar.


Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, of San Martin in connection with the disappearance of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar.

Garcia-Tores was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on one count of murder and one count of kidnapping Monday night, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza wrote in a prepared statement.

Detectives reportedly took Garcia-Torres, who owns the , from the Safeway on Tenant Avenue in Morgan Hill where he works at around 6 p.m., and questioned him for two hours before booking him, KTVU reports.

Garcia-Torres' DNA was reportedly found on clothing items belonging to Sierra that were located in her backpack, a KTVU article states. However, it’s not clear where the backpack came from.

A J was found shortly after her disappearance and was sent to the county crime lab for forensic testing, but investigators wouldn’t disclose whether any DNA traces had been found.

Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, is a graduate of Milpitas High School.

Authorities will provide details about the arrest during a news conference Tuesday morning. Patch will have an update 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.

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

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—Bay City News contributed to this report.

Jdogg May 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
That's sad that BASTERED should be locked in prison for his whole life RIP Sierra you will always be in everybody's heart
Joe May 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I think we must iake more seriously previous srxual assault incidents, such as the ones this jerk was invoved in. We have to keep tabs on such potential sex offenders.in order to prevent such horrible tragedies. My heart goes out to Sierra's family..

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