Sierra LaMar Murder Inspires New Legislation
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) attended a vigil last night for LaMar, and announced she'd be pushing state legislators to author a bill that would force school officials to notify parents immediately should a child not show up for class.
Investigators believe a law like this could have made a difference in LaMar's case.
"When a child doesn't show up at school you know notify the parents right away rather than the end of the school day whether a child has been abducted or is merely playing hooky," Lofgren reportedly said at last night's vigil. "It's something the parents should know right away."
Police later found her cell phone and clothing on the opposite side of the from her school bus stop. In May, they arrested 21-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres, claiming they found traces of his DNA on LaMar's clothing, and her DNA inside his red Jetta.
Garcia-Torres is expected to appear in court later this month. He has yet to enter a plea to kidnapping and murder charges.
Anyone with information on this case should contact sheriff's
investigators at (408) 808-4500, or the anonymous tip line at (408)
808-4431. There is also a
designated e-mail for tips on Sierra's case, firstname.lastname@example.org.