The has yet to undergo forensic examination, and it’s not clear when it will happen.
“The vehicle is in evidence, and will be examined at some point,” Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.
Cardoza also said investigators aren't specifically commenting on what they’re looking for, and that they've identified the owner of the car, but haven't named any persons of interest.
Limited details about the vehicle——are being released as a precaution: Investigators don’t want to compromise the case and subsequently harm Sierra, who they believe is still alive.
The belief that is based on a lack of evidence proving otherwise, and has apparently provided hope for a positive outcome.
“I heard Marlene and Steve LaMar say it’s pretty much breathing new life into people who have watched [the case] over the last couple of months,” Joy said. “We hope [investigators] are doing everything they can to prove that’s correct.”
Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, is a graduate of Milpitas High School.
Sheriff’s Office personnel have been working with multiple local and federal agencies to investigate leads in the case, and have been following-up on hundreds of tips relayed from the public. The sheriff's office received more than 2,000 tips as of Thursday.
Anyone with information about the Jetta and its occupants is asked to contact sheriff's investigators at 408-808-4500 or to call the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431.
Patch will have an update on the VW Jetta when and if more information becomes available.
For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page.