Word surfaced Monday night of new leads in the search for Sierra LaMar on the same night friends and family marked one full month since the Morgan Hill teen vanished.
A prayer vigil for LaMar was held at Burnett Elementary Monday evening. As her family and friends vowed to continue their search, Police spoke with KTVU about new developments in the investigation.
Five hundred balloons were released during the vigil as symbols of hope..
"The anxiety and fear of where she is and what has happened to her is unbearable," said her father Steve LaMar.
Sierra's parents said they have gathered strength from friends and volunteers who've conducted numerous searches.
"If Sierra could be here right now, she would say 'Thank you for not giving up on me,'" said her mother Marlene LaMar
The 15-year-old went missing one month ago, possibly as she walked from her home to a bus stop before school.
Late Monday afternoon, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department announced that test results from the crime lab has yielded new leads, but declined to reveal the nature of the clues.
Early on, searches near Sierra's home turned up items including her cell phone, purse and clothing.
"It is one of those items. We can't specify as to this point is it the results back from the cell phone, results from … Sierra's clothing [or] a couple of other items submitted in this case," said Sgt.Jose Cardoza.
Sierra's parents told KTVU they're waiting to hear more from investigators.
"I hope something pans out, because we've just been desperate for something," said Steve LaMar.
"For those involved in her disappearance, you can only hide for so long," said Pastor Greg Quirke of South Valley Community Church. "At some point you will make a mistake."
Friends told KTVU Sierra's disappearance has made them concerned about their own safety. There is another search scheduled for Wednesday.
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