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Authorities have found a red Volkswagen Jetta with a distinctive black hood that surveillance video links to the disappearance of 15-year-old California girl Sierra LaMar.
No other details regarding where or how the car was found, or who owns, it were immediately available, as the search for LaMar continues two months after she vanished.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, in releasing a photo of a car similar to the one sought in the investigation, told reporters Monday that police were able to identify the vehicle based on a combination of witness statements and an investigative review of video surveillance sources, KTVU-TV reported.
The vehicle was spotted on March 16 near the place where LaMar disappeared, though it is not known if the girl was riding inside it, police said.
"(It was seen) near her mom's house and near where some of the evidence was found. We're not going to say exactly where the car was observed," Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza told reporters.
Police said the family had been asked about the car but did not know who the owner was.
Meanwhile, crime lab technicians continue to analyze possible evidence found during the search for the teen. Cardoza said they've determined a handcuff box and used condoms found within a mile-and-a-half of her home are not associated with the case.
Anyone with information on the girl's disappearance is being urged to contact sheriff's investigators at (408) 808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.