Teen's disappearance frustrates, unites community

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By LISA LEFF, Associated Press

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — Like a lot of teenage girls, 15-year-old Sierra LaMar used her smartphone as her billboard, her diary and her mirror. She sent text messages, tweeted and composed self-portraits of a petite, dark-haired beauty who liked makeup, cheerleading and dishing about reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

That electronic window into her world now sits in a San Jose crime lab undergoing forensic tests.

Sheriff's deputies found the device March 17, the day after Sierra's mother reported her missing.

Detectives assigned to the case are saying they now believe it is highly unlikely that she vanished voluntarily.

Her mother, her mother's boyfriend and her father are not suspects. But the search is continuing, with hundreds of volunteers planning to search a 20-mile-radius from her home about 25 miles south of San Jose.

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