It has been nearly two years since then 15-year old Sierra LaMar trekked off to school as many Bay Area teens do in the early foggy March morning in 2012.
In an absolutely heart breaking circumstance, that would be the last time Sierra’s family would see her.
Yesterday after lengthy delays, a Santa Clara County Court grand jury indicted suspect Antolin Garcia-Torres on kidnapping and murder charges. Although nothing definitive has been established concerning Sierra’s whereabouts, evidence gathered from the suspect’s car clearly suggests foul play.
During the emotional roller coaster in the two year time frame, the LeMar family and friends have been subjected to every parent’s worst nightmare, the loss of a child. The suspect has been lock-jawed concerning his role in Sierra’s disappearance.
The resume of Garcia-Torres reads like the standard story that produces individuals that run afoul with the law, an abusive father who himself was an abuser of children, a highly dysfunctional family, and the accused kidnapper of Sierra has a record of a string of attempted kidnappings during failed car jacking.
Morgan Hill police in an excellent piece of police work apparently profiled Garcia-Torres as a person of interest early after Sierra’s disappearance and had him under surveillance in hopes of uncovering information regarding LaMar.
A decision to arrest Garcia-Torres was made and during a forensic test of his car, LaMar’s DNA was found in the trunk. Garcia-Torres has offered no help in resolving the family’s desperate desire for answers.
The suspect is slated to be arraigned in court February 13th and could be facing the death penalty due to special circumstances which involve kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar.
The prospect of the suspect finally beginning the long awaited legal process is doing little to alleviate the anguish and frustration the family is still suffering. The answers are locked into the hands of the suspect who may be holding out information so a bargaining chip against the death penalty can be used.
Marc Klaas, who lost his daughter Polly to an abduction and murder years ago has been assisting in the search for Sierra and has been offering his support. Marc has little sympathy for the suspect possibly facing the death penalty.
Klaas noted in an interview to Eric Kurhi of the San Jose Mercury,
“I think it’s a travesty that this guy has survived so long in a jail cell after people are aware of what he has done. This has been horrible for Sierra’s family. They don’t know where Sierra is. Their daughter, their sister has been missing almost two years while the guy who committed the crime sits in a jail cell and gets fed”.
The adage of justice delayed is justice denied not only applies to the LaMar family, but to anyone suffering harm physically or mentally from being a victim of lawlessness.
Punishment along with justice needs to be dispensed.