The case of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar of Northern California who went missing in March of 2012 may be solved. The release of court documents details evidence found by police that led them to charge Antolin Garcia-Torres, 23, with her kidnapping and murder.
"It's upsetting and not the kind of thing I want to read about what possibly happened to my daughter," Steve LaMar, Sierra's father, said of the new 1,900 page jury transcripts that were released, ABC News reported
Garcia-Torres pleaded not guilty to the charges in February, but the newly released documents present a raft of evidence showing he and LaMar, who likely did not know each other, did have an encounter after she left for school on the morning of March 16, 2012.
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Though LaMar's body has not been found, authorities did find her discarded jeans in a field near her Morgan Hill home that were stained with Garcia-Torres' body fluids and DNA. LaMar's hair was also found on a rope stored inside the trunk of his red Volkswagen Jetta.
"They believe she was tied up, bound, dragged, placed in the trunk. This was not an innocent encounter," attorney and legal expert Steve Clark told CBS affiliate KPIX 5
"The fact that Sierra Lamar’s hair was found on a rope inside of Garcia-Torres’ trunk, there is no innocent explanation for that."
Deputy district attorney David Boyd said that Garcia-Torres was contacted by authorities on April 4, 2012, after they matched his DNA to the scene of the alleged crime. He told them he did not know LaMar.
"They didn't go to school together," Boyd said. "They didn't go to the same gym together. They didn't have friends in common. They didn't run in the same areas."
Authorities said they never mentioned that his DNA was recovered from semen, but he told them that he was a compulsive masturbator, and had thrown a tissue containing his semen out of the window of his car while driving by the field where her jeans were recovered.
"They said things like fingerprint and they said things like blood," said Boyd. "It was Mr. Garcia-Torres who interjected the idea, frankly, of a sexual motive . . . When you answer questions you were not asked, that is a telltale marker of a guilty conscience."
The next court date in the case is scheduled for September 10.
NBC Bay Area reported
that a group of roughly 25 still meet each weekend to search for the missing teen.
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