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VIDEO: Bring Sierra LaMar Home Safe

A look at the community and social media forces driving world-wide awareness of the teen who was last seen 18 days ago.

Since Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar went missing over two weeks ago, local communities, public figures and people from across the country and beyond have come together to support the 15-year-old's recovery.

Numerous Facebook pages are flooded with daily posts by people praying for Sierra's return. One Facebook page, titled Help Find Sierra LaMar—Missing Out of Morgan Hill, has almost 7,000 "likes," while a community page titled Find Sierra LaMar has 6,700.

On Sunday, that asks social media users to change their profile photos to Sierra's for 24 hours in an effort to increase global awareness. A video of Sierra recently appeared on the Bring Sierra Home Online Vigil Facebook page, which social media users are being asked to share as much as possible.

More recently, joined the search efforts, and were among the hundreds of volunteers searching for Sierra Saturday. About that same day to continue to raise awareness and send a message that they won't live in fear of abductors.

A was also formed over the weekend, offering youths under the age of 18 the chance to have greater involvement in Sierra's recovery.

KlassKids volunteers, county investigators and detectives have worked diligently to uncover any evidence that could possibly lead them to Sierra.

The KlaasKids Foundation, a nonprofit that aids in the recovery of missing people, have lead week-long search efforts for Sierra. KlaasKids volunteers  utilized Gilroy Patch of Sierra's disappearance, which was on March 27.

Although some suggestions have been incorporated, KlaasKids is asking for additional ones, which can be left in the comments section .

The , has reviewed over 800 tips and, on March 28, sent special dive team and K9 units to search the waterways in Morgan Hill for human remains. County investigators are currently examining an empty handcuffs box and used condoms that were found about a mile from the LaMar home, Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Sierra's photo has also been included in the FBI's Kidnappings & Missing Persons website. Alas, the relentless efforts and virality of the LaMar case have not produced any solid leads, Cardoza said.

"We're still depending a lot [on the public] and asking the public to just call in with information—that's really what's been driving the case so far," Cardoza said.

The Sheriff's Office is currently planning another search-and-rescue party and is in the process of contacting individuals to coordinate the search. Information should be released once schedules are coordinated and a game plan is developed, Cardoza said Monday afternoon.

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page.

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