Estranged Husband of Slain Miami-Dade Woman Questioned Again By Detectives: Report

Investigators have also found the woman's missing car near Sierra's Kendall home

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012  |  Updated 12:15 AM EDT
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The husband of a woman found slain along with her two daughters was questioned again Monday by Miami-Dade detectives, the Miami Herald reported.

Twenty-eight-year-old Alberto Sierra was first interviewed Wednesday after the bodies of Gladys Machado and her two daughters were found in the home the pair once shared, the newspaper reported. Sierra has not been named a suspect or a person of interest.

Investigators have also found the woman's missing car near Sierra's Kendall home, the newspaper reported. Miami-Dade Police declined to comment Monday.

The bodies of Machado and her daughters Julia and Daniela Padrino were found Tuesday in a closet at the home in the 7300 block of Northwest 4th Street, police said. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's website said the autopsies had been completed Monday but didn't list the the cause of death.

Family members were distraught and asking that the person who killed them be found. Machado's stepmother, Elma Martinez, who raised her since she was 9, said she doesn't know how the 29-year-old woman and her daughters were killed.

“They were little, innocent, little angels, they didn't behave bad, they were good girls, they were beautiful, they would come here, laugh and play,” said Machado's half-sister, Natalie Machado-Martinez.

She said Machado had distanced herself since she married Sierra in October 2011.

According to court records, Machado divorced the father of her three children, who included the two girls that died and a 6-year-old boy who police said was found alive elsewhere.

A petition by Michael Padrino to gain custody of his kids was denied and the children were placed with Machado.

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