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(MORGAN HILL, Calif.) — A man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Northern California teenager Sierra LaMar, who vanished over two months ago.

Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, was arrested Monday and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder and kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s department.

More information on the arrest will be provided at a news conference Tuesday morning, according to police.

Garcia-Torres is from Morgan Hill — the same area where LaMar lived with her family and where the 15-year-old disappeared — and is the owner of the red Volkswagen Jetta that is believed to be connected to the girl’s disappearance, ABC News affiliate KGO-TV reported.

He was arrested around 6 p.m. at the Safeway store where he works, KGO said.

LaMar was last seen on March 16 as she left to catch the school bus.  The girl’s parents contacted authorities later that day after receiving an email from her high school informing them that the teen did not show up for class.

Days later, LaMar’s cellphone and her Juicy brand bag containing a pair of folded jeans and a t-shirt were recovered on the side of the road in the opposite direction of her bus stop.  Investigators searched her phone and computer, but did not find clues to her disappearance.

Divers began searching reservoirs near her home last month, but have yet to come up with a trace of the teen.  Earlier this month, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department impounded the red Volkswagen Jetta believed to be connected to LaMar’s disappearance.

Authorities found the mid-90s four-door red sedan with a black hood after releasing pictures of a similar vehicle, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza.  However, investigators did not disclose specifics of how they identified the car and its connection to the case.

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