A day after someone hacked into a missing Morgan Hill teen's Twitter account, Santa Clara County Sheriff's detectives are vowing to find the suspect and arrest that person on charges of Internet impersonation.
Sgt. Jose Cardoza confirmed Thursday that someone hacked into Sierra Lamar's twitter account twitter.com/cccairuh and wrote a confusing tweet in reference to a rap song: "By the way, we do punch (expletive)."
Cardoza said detectives were "immediately aware" that the tweet had been posted and quickly confirmed that the tweet was not sent by the teen, who has been missing since March 16. She was last seen walking to her bus stop, but never made it to school that day. Detectives and volunteers have spent thousands of hours searching for her unsuccessfully.
The tweet has since been deleted.
Cardoza said that the detectives' best guess is that whoever sent this latest tweet either knew the girl, or has superb hacking abilities. Detectives will seek to find this person, he said, with the intent of arresting them on a misdemeanor charge of Internet impersonation.
About three weeks ago, a fake tweet was also sent from Sierra's account, Cardoza said. He did not know what that tweet said, but detectives traced the source to a person in the Philippines. Cardoza said investigators have no jurisdiction there and are not flying to the Philippines to track the hacker down.
He did say that the most recent tweet did not come from the Philippines.
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