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A reported sighting in the Sierra foothills of a girl resembling 8-year-old Amber Swartz-Garcia, who vanished from her front yard in the Richmond area three months ago, does not mean she will be found soon, police say. “I feel a lot more positive about this than any of the other sightings,” said Lt. John Miner in the San Pablo Bay community of Pinole. But he pointed out that it was two weeks before police received details about a vacationing couple’s report that a child approached them Aug. 12 in a Calaveras County store to say, “Hello, I’m Amber Garcia.” Miner said that the girl seemed friendly and outgoing and that she was with a man, a woman and a boy. Amber disappeared June 3 after going out to jump rope in front of her home.


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