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Sunday
Aug122012

Vilet Torrez: Family of Missing Florida Mom Hopes Billboards Bring 'Truth' and 'Justice'

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- After Miramar, Fla., police came up empty in searches of a missing woman's home and vehicles and numerous dives in local bodies of water, the family of Vilet Torrez is hoping two new billboards will help solve the four-month-old mystery of what happened to the mother of three.

A surveillance video released by police that was recorded at 5:17 a.m., March 31, showed the missing mom inside her gated community, but what remains unclear is what happened in the crucial few minutes after Torrez was seen on the tape -- that last time she was seen.

Torrez, 38, was not reported missing until April 2. Her estranged husband, Cid Torrez, who had moved out of the family home but was staying there the weekend she disappeared, has said he assumed she was staying with other people.

The couple had recently separated after 15 years of marriage.

Julie Spurlock-Blanco, Torrez' sister-in-law, said she hoped the billboards would lead to "truth and justice" for Torrez and her family.

"There are such mixed emotions each time I pass Vilet's billboard, which is only blocks from where I work," Spurlock-Blanco said. "My first instinct is happiness to see Vilet's face, but that happiness is quickly shadowed by the harsh reality of why her face is on a billboard."

Police have executed search warrants on Vilet Torrez' home and car, as well as on her estranged husband's vehicle. Cid Torrez has also provided police with hair and saliva samples.

No suspects have been named, but the missing woman's brother, Javier Blanco said he found Cid Torrez' behavior suspicious.

"The one day he decides to sleep over, I can assure you it was a surprise to her, she was missing," Blanco said.

Blanco said his brother-in-law was jealous and controlling, to the extent they worried about their sister's safety.

"We had been fearing for her life for about a year already," Blanco said. "Her family had been warning her, friends, marriage counselors. We were all urging her to get out, and she was [finally] transitioning her life."

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Wednesday
Jun062012

Missing Florida Mom: Husband Says 'I Definitely Did It' in 911 Call

Courtesy Blanco Family(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- The estranged husband of a missing Florida mom told a 911 dispatcher that he "definitely did it" before changing course in an April 2 call to report his wife's disappearance.

Under Florida law, police could not release the identity of the caller, but Cid Torrez, the estranged husband of Vilet Torrez, 38, has previously told ABC News he was the person who reported her missing Monday, April 2.

The recording was released by the Miramar Police Department on Tuesday.

"I don't know.  Saturday, she wasn't here, all right?  And, Friday, [unintelligible] Saturday morning or Friday night, she didn't come to sleep, and then I don't know about Saturday, and now Sunday, I definitely did it, so ..." the caller said.

"You did what?" the dispatcher asked.

"I mean, um, it was 1 o'clock and she didn't show up either," the male voice said.

"OK, so she's been missing since Friday?" the dispatcher asked.

The caller said he guesses that is the case.

Police have called Cid Torrez a person of interest but have reiterated that he is not a suspect and has cooperated.

Richard Della Fera, Cid's attorney, said the statement that he "definitely did it" was made during a time when his client was distraught and trying to recount the calls he made to Vilet and her mother that led to the 911 call.

"Around 1 a.m., he called Vilet's mother for the first time to explain that he had not heard from Vilet all weekend.  This was a call he did not want to have to make," Della Fera said in a statement issued to ABC News' Miami affiliate.  "In listening to the 911 call, it is clear that Cid was recounting for himself and the officer his efforts to piece together the whereabouts of Vilet for the prior few days and what he had been doing to locate her."

Tania Rues, a spokeswoman for the Miramar Police Department, declined to discuss what the caller could have meant.

"I can't speculate as to what the male caller was intending to say.  I think the 911 call speaks for itself," she told ABC News.

On Monday, Florida police released a surveillance video from March 31 at 5:17 a.m. that showed the missing mom made it inside her gated community.

What remains unclear, however, are the crucial few minutes after Vilet Torrez was seen on the tape.  Phone records obtained by ABC News' Miami affiliate show she called Cid Torrez twice at 5:19 a.m on March 31.  She was reported missing two days later.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Florida Mom's Disappearance Called 'Highly Suspicious'

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- The estranged husband of a Florida mother of three who vanished nearly a week ago called her disappearance "unusual" after she did not pick up their children from him at the scheduled time.

Vilet Torrez, 38, seemed to have vanished without a trace, police said. The Miramar, Fla., woman's car was found in her driveway. None of her personal belongings were inside.

Torrez's husband, whom she separated from two months ago after 15 years of marriage, said he had the couple's three children for the weekend.

"That Friday night she said, 'Make sure the kids call me' and she told my little girl to call her," Cid Torrez told ABC News. The couple have three children Vilet, 12, Cid Jr., 7, and Marcus, 4.

Torrez said his wife had a new boyfriend whom he had met and had been "around" since she was reported missing. It was unknown whether the person Vilet Torrez went to dinner with on Friday was her new date.

Over the weekend, she failed to show up for her work at a bathroom remodeling store.

When the devoted mother did not pick up her children on Sunday at 7 p.m., Torrez said he became worried. He left Vilet a voicemail before calling her mother and reporting her missing to police.

Police have few clues, but called the mother of three's disappearance "highly suspicious."

"She basically just disappeared," said Tania Rues, spokesperson for the Miramar Police Department. "We talked to co-workers who said she is very reliable and responsible. For her to go a day without speaking to her kids is unlikely as well."

Rues said it was too early to speculate whether foul play was involved, since the case was opened on Monday.

Torrez's father and brother held a press conference Wednesday and pleaded for her return.

"We're destroyed," her brother, Javier Blanco, 32, said, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'm extremely worried. If your sister, your brother, your close relative, all of sudden vanishes into thin air, you're distraught."

Cid Torrez has been caring for his children since his wife's disappearance.

"I'm emotional," he said. "She was wonderful. She took her time with the kids. She is a good mother."

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