A year ago, I was working what we call the “Breaking News Team.” That basically covers any breaking crime, fire, public safety emergency and, strangely, weather stories. The breaking crime part frequently involved missing person stories. Some journalists roll their eyes at missing person stories because the vast majority of them are found, often within hours of a press release being sent to the media.
Then there are the cases like Sierra LaMar, who grew up in Fremont. To quickly review, Sierra went missing on March 16, 2012. She was going to school on a Friday morning in Morgan Hill, where she had moved with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend a few months earlier. But Sierra has not been seen since.
This Saturday — March 16, 2013 — is a sad anniversary. It will be exactly one year since her disappearance. The LaMar family and friends will meet Saturday — as they do every week — at the Sierra LaMar Search Center Morgan Hill. According to a colleague Julia Prodis Sulek, Balloons will be released at 9 a.m. at the Search Center, 85 Tilton Road. Volunteers are welcome to join the Saturday search. participants are encouraged to wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.
In Fremont, a community awareness and fundraising event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at 37270 Niles Blvd. It will feature a Print-a-Thon by the KlaasKids Foundation, live music by Eddie Ramirez and Davina Joy, bounce houses, face painting and hula dancers.
Today (Thursday), I spoke with Joanna Isom, a woman whose daughters are friends with Sierra, and who is an organizer of the Fremont event.
“It seems like some have given up and moved on,” Isom said. “We can’t give up hope. She’s still out there, it’s still going on and we want to bring Sierra home.”