Family Of Missing Miramar Mother Feared For Her Safety

Vilet Torrez has been missing since the end of March.

By Gilma Avalos
|  Sunday, Apr 15, 2012  |  Updated 12:48 PM EDT
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Vilet Torrez has been missing since the end of March. Family and friends passed out flyers Saturday and asked for help to find her.

Vilet Torrez has been missing since the end of March. Family and friends passed out flyers Saturday and asked for help to find her.

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The family of a missing Miramar mother continues to cling on to hope that Vilet Torrez will be found safely.

Torrez's friends and family handed out flyers Saturday at a Miramar Parkway shopping center in hopes that someone could help them find her.

"She was happy, always smiling," said Deli, whose husband worked with Torrez. "I never saw her not smiling. It was one of her strongest features."

The support for finding the mother of three has helped hold her family together following a painful last two weeks.

"It sort of speaks volumes about her character and about what kind of person she was," said her brother Javier Blanco. "A beautiful human being and angel on earth."

Torrez was reported missing at the end of March. After executing a search warrant at her home and checking surveillance video of the neighborhood, police still have no leads.

Torrez's family said they feared for her safety even before she disappeared.

"My mom has always had a mother's intuition," said Torrez's sister Nayiva Blanco. "Now that I look back, I keep thinking to myself 'Why didn't I pay attention?' The last thing she said was 'Do you want me to wait until I can't help her any more? Do you want me to wait until she gets killed?'"

They said the responsible employee and mother would have never disappeared willingly.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has temporarily removed the kids from her estranged husband Cid Torrez's custody after a family member made a confidential call to the Florida Abuse Hotline fearing the man would try to hurt himself or the couple's children. The kids are currently staying with their maternal grandmother.

"I want her to be found. At the end of the day, closure means the world," Javier Blanco said.

The family is also planning a candle light vigil for Torrez sometime this week.

Police urge anyone who has information to call 954-493-TIPS.

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