The bus was scheduled to arrive at her stop at 7:24 am, so at 7:11 am she had 13 minutes to walk just under a half mile. I believe I recall that Sierra was a jogger, so I don't think it's too unlikely that walking a half mile in 13 minutes would have been a leisurely stroll for her.
In fact, given the distance and time allotted, I would expect her to set off somewhere between 7:10 am and 7:15 am.
I'm inclined to think that the neighbour was mentally rounding off rather than being strictly accurate to the minute.
I'm not so sure the perp expected that the bag would be found.
There are hundreds of thousands of teen runaways in this country every day but how many of them get even one area search? Not many... I'm gonna be generous and say 1000 of them get one ground search each.
In my humble opinion, the reason why Sierra's case got so much more LE response was because Marlene was shrewd or lucky enough to convince LE from the very beginning that Sierra was not a runaway.
What if Sierra's mother hadn't been able to convince Sierra was probably not a runaway? Sadly, we all know that there are too many cases where the family isn't that lucky or shrewd. That bag would have remained hidden for an unknown length of time, possibly forever.
I'm hoping the perp is feeling kinda queasy right now, that s/he never expected that Sierra's disappearance would be taken seriously so quickly.
I think we will eventually find out what happened to Sierra. But if she has met with foul play, I am not so sure a perp will be convicted. In that case I will pray for Karma to balance things out.
I'm not familiar with the Morgan Hill area (being a mid-westerner) and I have been out of the loop for the past week or so, but I hope that people are going to go back soon to re-search the 3-5 mile perimeter of Sierra's home. Maybe this is being done already. If something really bad did happen to her, the perp may end up taking her somewhere he knows has been searched.
I would like to know how many people had access to the side electronic gate. How many cars parked back there? In the house to their right, there are a dozen cars in the back. Lots of activity going on at the end of the cul-de-sac...IMO.
In the brief time I was there, I saw all three houses' gates open and cars exiting and entering.
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So, apparently her last tweet @ 7:11 was to meet someone "before class" to study...wondering if this was before her first class or what. Or someone with a car? Surely LE has looked into it. The text of her text message from hotsteno's Twitter.
Update: OK, sorry, this must be old news already. Catching up. Sorry.
That Twitter account has many tweets about "Flyer Guy" who has been seen tearing down Sierra's flyers...even on her street. There's even a description of him...hope this self-identified neighbor called it in to LE...
I can't understand this soical media stuff. I'll let you guys figure it out. I am now considered handicapped in regards to electronic data. It really sucks too because I live in Silicon Valley and the family all works in the industry.
What I have been picturing in my mind mostly is an early morning with no activity, people away for the weekend or still asleep, no one out and about that morning when Sierra left the house. No one around to see or hear anything unusual.
But now I can picture another scene: Moderate to heavy activity, people finishing up with breakfast before having to rush off to work, a number of cars coming and going through the area as Sierra leaves her house. Just enough activity so that nothing alarming is heard, dogs barking is to be expected and thus paid no mind, and a perp's car can ease in and out of the area unnoticed.
I think Sierra got into a vehicle with someone she knew and thought she could trust. This someone and his vehicle did not raise suspicion in any way with anyone. He blended in so well that neighbors who saw him didn't pay him any notice.
But surprisingly, people often look right at something and it just doesn't register.
If one or two people saw anything they probably do not recall it.
Believe it or not, that happens. I've done it. I have actually remembered things at a later date--sometimes much later--that had slipped my mind completely at the time.
I am not saying someone saw Sierra get into a vehicle and is not remembering that. What they may have seen is a person or a vehicle that did not look out of place at all.
Many times witnesses will say they remember seeing a car...and each one saying it will remember the car as a different color because at the time they saw it they didn't really NOTICE it.
Did you witness cars coming from the lots on each side of SL's house, the lots with no homes on them? The only other house that would appear to have a view to hers was the one across the street that had sold recently. Do we know if anyone was living there. It would be interesting to know the prior tenants.
I think whoever did this lives or works where they could have abserved her morning routine. They may not live there anymore. Had recently moved or quit working in the area. Or they could still be there. Or, the day she disappeared they also left the area.
The person could not have necessarily had a vehicle but on that day had access to one.
I think she was taken walking out of the house. She had the phone in her hand (as most teens phones are glued in their hand). She also had her bag with what she needed for her school day. The only significance I see with the charge or inhaler is if she ran away she would need them.
She was either subdued by physical force or threatened with a weapon. It wouid have only taken seconds to put her in the trunk and the phone would have been taken from her hand immediately.
As Gran mentioned earlier, I think the perp thought that where the purse was left was a good enough hiding place. They knew no one frequents that area and would never imagine a search like this.
I think the answers lie very close in that community. There may be a POI but they need to find Sierra first.
These are JMO as going back to the beginning they seem the most likely scenerio to me.
http://www.insidebayarea.com/oakland...creased-25-000Steve LaMar, Sierra's father, announced Saturday that the reward now is $25,000, more than double the sum of $10,000 first offered April 7, said Marc Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation.
The money is being funded by fundraisers and community donations that poured in after Sierra, 15, went missing six weeks ago.
"Rewards really can make a difference," Klaas said when reached by phone after the announcement. "There have been cases where they've led authorities to catch abductors."
snip“As a result of some generous contributions and ongoing fundraising, including a large anonymous contribution, we are able to increase the reward to $25,000,” announced Steve LaMar, Sierra’s father, at a press conference at Burnett Elementary School Saturday.
Steve LaMar made the announcement with Sierra’s mother Marlene LaMar and Marc Klaas, of the KlaasKids Foundation, while volunteers joined yet another search effort that was headquartered at the school.
more at link: http://www.gilroydispatch.com/articl...8c53620bf.htmlSteve LaMar added at the press conference Saturday that the family is in “constant communication” with investigators from the sheriff’s office, but did not indicate if he knew any details on the investigation of numerous leads that law enforcement continue to receive.
Fundraising efforts to continue coordinated volunteer searches and contribute to the reward through the Sierra LaMar Fund are “ongoing,” Steve LaMar said.
Volunteers were selling T-shirts with Sierra’s picture printed on them, as well as decorative ribbons and jewelry at the search center. A number of fundraisers for the Sierra LaMar Fund are upcoming, including a May 3 self-defense seminar at Sobrato High School, and a pasta feed May 4 at Holy Spirit Parish Hall in Fremont.
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I live in the great lakes region and winter 2010 - spring 2011. I was in CA south of LA working and visiting with relatives. The area that my family lives in reminds me of Morgan Hill except it is more populated in recent years. Here where I live we don't have gardeners, maids and people that do upkeep on pools. Most home owners do these things themselves. We also don't have commute time back and forth to work. Our commute time would be 30 minutes maximum.
When I was in CA it was not uncommon for people to knock on the door looking for work and there was always activity going on all over the area.
Because of this, I do not feel that the neighbors would necessarily notice a vehicle to be suspicious or unusual. Unless you have a neighbor lady like I do that peaks out her window all day long. (bless her heart)
If the neighborhood is primarily working class and you add communte time, most people would be on autopilot in the morning going to work. They wouldn't be looking for suspicious activity.
Now, if the people taking ribbons and tearing down flyers could get away with not being caught for so long then think how easy it would be to abduct Sierra and go unnoticed.
If someone is looking for something someone may have someone hid - say, a body, God forbid - they are going to look for a place somewhere that it may not look like many people would go. That is how I have heard this shed described, and it looks quite undesirable. But, why not bury the purse in that mess inside the shed? Why leave it outside, barely 'hidden' buy cacti, and relatively 'easy' to find, considering what other lengths most searches for these types of things go. That's why I think if there's a perp indeed involved, which it's obvious to me there is, they got rid of absolutely anything tied to Sierra within a 3 or 4 mile span - they were panicking and getting rid of everything asap. In the back of my mind, I can't get away from the purse being planted there...only question is, why would it be planted there? Seems to be a very relevant question, even though it may not be the case.
Sierra left that property that morning one way or another. Either she was forced into a vehicle or she voluntarily got into a vehicle. Based on what we have heard, Sierra leaving in a car would be out of the ordinary, so if anyone had seen that I think they would remember it.
Most likely the vehicle was parked in an area that lessened the likelihood of a neighbor seeing anything. The property the LaMar home is on looks, from the maps, to be not isolated and to have an unobstructed view from one and possibly two neighboring homes. But is that deceiving? Are there trees and other obstacles there positioned in such a way that the view of the property is actually more obstructed than it looks to be on the maps? This is most likely the case because logic says the vehicle was parked very near the spot where Sierra's scent was lost. IMO she was in the vehicle in no time flat, either on her own or subdued somehow (taser?). I think she left the property alive because no dog hits show otherwise.
It seems incredible that this could have happened, yet it did. She is gone and no one knows how. No one saw or heard anything. It points to a perp who knew that's how it would be, IMO.
I think the bag hiding spot could be a "good enough" hiding spot. If the goal is to dispose of it so not be found with it, or for it not to be in the home when she is reported missing, and to not be seen disposing of it, it sufficed.
You'd have to be pretty confident that nothing in the bag is going to point straight to you, I guess it depends how much knowledge they had of touch dna, fibres etc whether this was a reasonable thing to do if there was no legitimate reason to link the bag to being around your person, car or home. Nothing compelling on the clothes.
I am trying to find a source for information about the phone pings. I could swear there was information that they determined the phone was tossed shortly after 715, although that may have been media spin, can anyone else recall that? I am finding many earlier stories have been merged or deleted from news sites.
I knew nothing about a search until I followed this case. So if the perp was as blind as I was, I would consider stuck behind that cactus to be good enough. It would take a few more seconds to go inside and burry the purse maybe? Just trying to get out of there as quickly as possible, or it was a lucky toss like LE said. (LE said they didn't know if it was tossed or put there)
Then, there is the one I can't get out of my mind and that is someone else found it laying somewhere, picked it up, got scared and put it there. Uggh! I know I've said that a million times but I can't get it out of my mind.
Not trying to change the topics just share this:
What a difference in appearances. Guy with long dark hair arrested for child molesting.
http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/ResultDeta...1-862014E5DC62 Oops, you have to plug his name in to see the difference in appearance.
I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the search for Sierra or not.
Last edited by BeginnersLuck; 04-28-2012 at 08:06 PM. Reason: clarity
Ozazure, in post #445, I recalled the same information. It was reported that the cellphone was tossed right after 7:15 a.m.
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