Sierra LaMar, a teenage girl from Morgan Hill, Calif., has been missing for a few months now. Late Monday evening, a suspect was arrested named Antolin Garcia-Torres. A San Francisco Chronicle writer and I went to his home and found his mother (below) arriving from work.
If her son being arrested was a lot on this mother’s mind, add to that her husband currently in prison and her other son died 5 months ago due to complications from drug use.
Earlier in the day, I was assigned a press conference in which the Santa Clara County Sheriff spoke about the arrest of Antolin Garcia-Torres and the family of Sierra LaMar (below) made another plea to the public.
When the Chronicle reporter and I first arrived at the suspect’s trailer home, we found children’s toys strewn about the area. Turns out the suspect, Antolin Garcia-Torres, has an 18 month old daughter and another kid on the way.
We ended the day by finding the brother-in-law of the suspect and he spoke briefly to us until the TV cameras arrived. Anyone related to the suspect believed he was innocent, citing Antolin’s kids and wife he looked after.
The most interesting thing I learned yesterday didn’t have much to do with this case directly, but about child abductions in general. Since January 2011 in Santa Clara County, 43 female minors have been reported missing and didn’t return home. That was shocking to me.