15-year-old Sierra Lamar is still missing after six days. Her saga has become a national story. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama talks about to the people of Morgan Hill, where's she from, on how they feel about her disappearance.
Where is Sierra LaMar?
That's the question neighbors and business owners in Morgan Hill would like to know. The missing 15-year old girl vanished last Friday. Her cell phone was recovered from a field near a road not too far from her home. Santa Clara County investigators say her phone reveals no clues as to where she may be.
Nearly a week after she disappeared, it's starting to take a toll on the community...even on people who never met her.
"It's too close to home," Andrew Douglas, owner of Andy's Hobby Shop on Monterey Road in Downtown Morgan Hill, said.
He sobbed as he thought about what if it had been his own 17-year old daughter.
"It's just nervewracking. Something like this to happen in a town. It just hurts with my heart. Having my own kid, you know what I mean?", Douglas said as tears streamed down his face.
Sierra's disappearance has even changed the daily routine of some neighbors including Sargbeet Kaur who lives three doors down from the teenage girl's home.
"Sometimes I go for a walk, daily I go for a walk. And now I am really afraid," Kaur said from her front porch.
Parents like Roger Cevallos have made sure their teenage children know about the dangers of walking alone even on their own street.
"I told her, explaining to her what happened with Sierra," Cevallos said as he held his 13 year old daughter Samantha close to him. "Situation that's going on right now. It's very dangerous out there."
As the community pulls together, Sierra's close friends at Fremont's Washington High School are planning a candlelight vigil at the campus amphitheater at 7PM on Friday. Sierra went to WHS as as freshman before transferring her sophomore year to Sobrato HS in Morgan Hill.