Friends Dedicate Memorial Bench in Honor of Missing Teen Sierra LaMar

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    Sierra LaMar bench dedication (Published Sunday, Mar 16, 2014)

    Family and friends of missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar marked the two-year anniversary of her disappearance with a new memorial Sunday.

    They dedicated a bench in her honor at the school she once attended: Washington High School in Fremont.

    The circular bench wraps around a tree on the campus. Friends of 15-year-old Sierra, who vanished outside her home near Morgan Hill on March 16, 2012, wanted to dedicate the bench at Washington in her memory because it would have been her last year of high school.

    The LaMar family and volunteers have searched for Sierra every Saturday since she went missing.

    They plan to keep on searching.

    "We are holding out hope that somehow, somewhere, we'll find her alive somewhere," Sierra's father Steve LaMar said Sunday.

    A plaque on the bench includes an inviting message that makes reference to Washington's school mascot, the Huskies.

    "Sit here with me quietly, you'll never be alone. We wait to see your smile again, and have our Husky Home," the plaque reads.

    The rest of the inscription reads, "Dedicated to Sierra LaMar and the memory of all missing children. 3-16-14."

    Antolin Garcia-Torres, 22, a former Morgan Hill resident, has been in the Santa Clara County Main Jail since his arrest in her kidnapping and murder on May 21, 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the charges this past Feb. 13.