Hundreds volunteer to search for Sierra

Volunteer Bernie Epolite, from Gilroy, helps to take paperwork for other local volunteers as they sign up with the KlaasKIDS Foundation to help search for clues in the disappearance of Sierra LaMar.

Hundreds of people – some estimate as many as 600 – from all over the South Bay and points farther south showed up to volunteer Tuesday morning for the search for Sierra LaMar, 15, who was reported missing from her north Morgan Hill home March 16.

Police have found few leads in the case, and Sierra’s mother, Marlene LaMar, called the KlaasKids Foundation to organize a search effort which is headquartered at Burnett Elementary School, 85 Tilton Ave.

As of about 10 a.m., more than 280 people already registered to assist in the search, which entails the combing of wooded areas in search of any evidence or sign of LaMar’s previous or current whereabouts.

The Morgan Hill Unified School District has set up a reward fund for LaMar called the Sierra LaMar Reward Fund, in the front office at Sobrato High School, 401 Burnett Ave and Live Oak High School, 1505 East Main Ave. Donations can be made payable to the Ann Sobrato High School ASB or Live Oak High School ASB and can be dropped off at any MHUSD school by March 29. If LaMar is found safe, all money raised will be donated to charities who assist in finding missing persons. 

MHUSD also set up support system efforts at Sobrato High School to assist students in dealing with the incident. District counselors, psychologists, meeting with students and talking about strategies to deal with stressful situations are all implemented.

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