The search for Sierra Lamar is heading outside of Morgan Hill -- and is now incorporating QR codes.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office will start canvassing areas in San Martin and Gilroy. About 20 members of the department's search and rescue unit will join three canine units, trained in detecting human remains. People have telephoned and emailed more than 1,000 tips since the 15-year-old girl disappeared on March 14.
Another way to collect and disseminate information in the search for the Morgan Hill teen is the use of a QR code -- a scannable graphic that links to an existing website.
Investigators haven't said why they're looking south of Morgan Hill -- whether it's because of one of those tips, a piece of evidence or just a natural extension of the search area.
LaMar's mother and father won't be participating in any more searches for their daughter. The Sheriff's Office has advised against this, to protect them from the trauma of being the ones who'd possibly find their child.
Investigators are working on the theory that someone abducted the 15-year-old before she went to school.
Her father, Steve, realizes this a strong possibility but holds out some hope that this nightmare has a happy ending.
"The dream sequence would be Sierra walks in the front door and says 'Mom, Dad, I made a mistake and took off. Sorry to put you through this.' That's the dream scenario."
This morning Steve Lamar returns to his job at Silicon Valley startup for the first time since his daughter disappeared.