The Sierra LaMar suspect, Antolin Garcia-Torres, appears very similar in many ways to John Gardner, the man accused and convicted of the rapes and murders of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King, which also occurred in California.
Just like the LaMar case, the disappearance of Chelsea King drew national attention. And as the public hoped the missing high school girl would be found alive several years ago, they continue to hope the same now, despite law enforcement's belief that LaMar is dead.
It is a sad, sad time for LaMar's parents, as they hope--like Gardner's victims did--that the suspect will talk and reveal where their loved one can be found.
"Lead us to Sierra and end this nightmare," Marlene LaMar pleaded today.
Will Torres do it? Will he give this family the information they need at a cost to him legally?
Amber Dubois and Chelsea King's parents wanted answers from their daughter's killer too, pleading for those answers themselves.
After Dubois' mother met with Gardner, following his arrest for the Chelsea King murder, she said Gardner admitted forcing her daughter into his vehicle, ABC News reported.
Admitting such things to the victim's family, however, isn't the same as admitting them to police or prosecutors. So it isn't like the Sierra LaMar suspect will start talking out of contrition.
Sheriff Laurie Smith of Santa Clara County believes LaMar's abductor Torres used his red VW Jetta to whisk away the Morgan Hill 15-year-old at the time of her abduction, too, even though Torres is maintaining his silence on the subject.
And the similarities between Antolin Torres and John Gardner don't end there. In fact, just as Gardner was prowling California in mid February of 2009 for a victim, it now appears that so was Antolin Torres, who Sheriff Smith believes found one in March of that year for sure.
Mercury News reported that "Forensic evidence leads investigators to believe Garcia-Torres committed at least one" of the three assaults that occurred in the Morgan Hill area in 2009, according to Smith.
In yet another concerning similarity, it now also appears that Antolin Garcia Torres previously faced a "felony arrest for assault for which he was not prosecuted," MSNBC reported.
John Gardner enjoyed a similar reprieve from the judicial system prosecutor in an earlier case of his, too, setting the stage for him to reoffend again soon thereafter. And Amber Dubois was the one to pay the price for that mistake.