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DNA Leads Detectives to LaMar Murder Suspect

Investigators have been tracking the suspect for over a month.

The Monday arrest of Morgan Hill resident Antolin Garcia-Torres, who now faces charges of kidnapping and murdering Sierra LaMar, may have seemed sudden, but investigators have been tracking the suspect for over a month. 

Here's a brief breakdown detailing how detectives identified Garcia-Torres as a suspect.

Garcia-Torres’ identity was revealed through lab results on March 28. Samples of the DNA found on Sierra’s clothing were put into a system that identified Garcia-Torres that day, according to investigators. Detectives began a 24-hour surveillance on the new suspect. 

Torres’ DNA also linked him to three assaults in South Santa Clara County in 2009. Of those three assaults, a confirmed link was made between Garcia-Torres and an assault involving a Taser, furthering substantiating authorities' belief that Garcia-Torres could be the suspect they've sought for over two months.

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page on Gilroy Patch.

Lisa Guzman July 19, 2012 at 01:28 AM
They can question but not speak like they know it all when it's truly false that I have a problem with!
randy July 19, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Lisa.. I agree with you. Also some posts have been removed because of the insensitivity and rudeness. Speculation is good but sometimes it can make matters worse.
Trevor August 26, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Seriously, stop with the B.S! This is just another case police has to solve. This happens daily throughout the world we live in; gruesome murders, kidnappings, fatality, etc. You people need to stop stating your opinions as facts. We're just news watchers, and we don't know how Sierra felt that day, what happen the night before, or what actually happened. I'll tell you my opinion, but don't get it twisted with being a fact. Antolin is not a good crime person. He left evidence by touching Sierra's belongings without gloves. Call that smart? Do you think he's smart enough to make police wonder where her body is over 4 months? Even if he didn't touch Sierra, he's part of this crime with a partner-n-crime. He might had been the middle man agreeing to do this crime in his car. So bottom line, he's not going anywhere because this man is part of this conflict. Dogs senses are accurate. The dog's search went dry not even past the drive way. That's where questions flow in. Was Sierra expecting a ride? Was Sierra texting a friend walking past to the bus stop? Sierra's mother claim she takes the bus at 7:15, so was she in the house the whole time? Add it up, it's going to show answers. Sierra had to be at home because the dogs didn't even smell her scent past her drive way. This case is scary and sad!
Trevor August 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
RIght now, we only want Sierra LaMar back home to her family or we want STRONG JUSTICE!
Jane Doe March 16, 2013 at 06:53 PM
They stated that her LAST tex message was sent to a friend, about meeting up to exchange makeup with one another at school. Now I dont know exactly the mind set of the friend she was texting but since Sierra obviously did NOT show up, Im wondering if that seemed somewhat odd to her friend. Like did it make her think "thats odd, she said she would be here" ... because of the fact that nobody suspected anything was wrong, the bus driver, the school, her friend she text , that allowed this FREAK OF NATURE to have the entire day and THEN SOME to do as he pleased. I pray for her family.

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