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* Klaas Kids Foundation Launching Volunteer Searches for Missing Morgan Hill Girl Sierra LaMar

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The KlaasKids Foundation will launch volunteer searches for missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar on Tuesday, the nonprofit announced today. LaMar’s mother, Marlene LaMar, has asked the organization, which is dedicated to assisting the families of missing children, to organize the community volunteer search, KlaasKids officials said.  LaMar, 15, left her home in unincorporated Morgan Hill near Palm and Dougherty avenues to catch a bus for school on the morning of Friday March 16th, but never showed up to class, according to her family.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an extensive search of the area around LaMar’s home since her disappearance. The search located her cellphone 20-30 feet off the roadway near Santa Teresa Boulevard and Scheller Avenue. The phone was examined for fingerprints but did not yield any new leads, Sgt. Jose Cardoza said. LaMar’s last text was sent around 7 a.m. from her home to a friend at school and did not indicate she was in any distress. Her Juicy brand bag was also located Sunday March 18th on the side of the road near Laguna Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard, about two miles from her home. Inside the bag, investigators found a pair of pants and a T-shirt, both “neatly folded,” Cardoza said.

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It has been confirmed that the clothing and purse belong to Sierra, he said. He said that since no one saw Sierra leave home that day, it has not been confirmed whether she was wearing the clothes found in her purse or whether she had brought extra clothing with her. Cardoza has said Sierra has a “very good relationship” with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and her father, who lives in Fremont, and there is no indication she is a runaway. The FBI is involved in the investigation and investigators have been contacting registered sex offenders in the area.

Anyone with information about Sierra or her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (408) 808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431. Tips can also be emailed to [email protected] Those interested in volunteering for the continued search should check in at Burnett Elementary School at 85 Tilton Road in Morgan Hill between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. Searches will continue throughout the week everyday starting at 8 a.m., including on Sunday April 1, according to the KlaasKids Foundation. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and bring photo identification. They should dress appropriately for the weather and wear long pants and study shoes with covered toes.  KlaasKids is also asking for donations of bottled water and office supplies.

For more information on how to volunteer or make donations, call Tricia Griffiths at (801) 560-1933, or email [email protected]

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Walnut Creek police have arrested three Southern California men in connection with a series of fraudulent credit card purchases at Nordstrom stores all over the state. Police were called to the Nordstrom at 1200 Broadway Plaza Saturday around 4:15 p.m. by store officials who reported several suspects using fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards, police said. The three men were spotted in a van in the Nordstrom parking lot and taken into custody.

Nordstrom security identified the suspects and told police they were also suspected of numerous other frauds at Nordstrom stores in other parts of California. A search of the suspects and van turned up more than $10,000 worth of gift cards and credit cards belonging to other people.

Police arrested Xianglong Cao, 30, of Monterey Park, Calif., Jarmar Taiwan Bethea, 29, of Los Angeles, and Joseph Velner Quinney, 34, of Compton, Calif. All three were held on suspicion of burglary, forgery and conspiracy, and bail is set at $70,000 each. Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call Walnut Creek police at (925) 943-5844.

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