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Man arrested in case of missing Calif. teen

Associated Press Modified: May 22, 2012 at 8:16 am •  Published: May 22, 2012

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man in the kidnapping and death of a Northern California teenager whose disappearance more than two months ago has prompted hundreds of volunteers to turn out for organized searches.

Antolin Garcia-Torres was arrested Monday evening at a Safeway store in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said at a late Monday news conference.

"We believe we have probable cause that he committed the kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar," she said.

Smith told reporters that investigators have gathered "a lot of physical evidence" that ties the 21-year-old Garcia-Torres to the case, the San Jose Mercury News ( reported.

Garcia-Torres was arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnapping. Additional information was not immediately available, but a Tuesday morning news conference was scheduled.

Sierra hasn't been seen or heard from since she left her home in Morgan Hill to go to school on the morning of March 16. Authorities believe she was kidnapped while walking to a school bus stop.

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