Missing Miramar Woman Would Never Leave Kids: Friend

Vilet Torrez has not been seen or heard from in nine days.

By Donna Rapado and Karen Franklin
|  Sunday, Apr 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:22 PM EDT
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It has been eight days since Miramar mother Vilet Torrez has been seen. NBC 6 spoke with her friend Clarissa Garcia who said she thinks the case will have a tragic outcome.

It has been eight days since Miramar mother Vilet Torrez has been seen. NBC 6 spoke with her friend Clarissa Garcia who said she thinks the case will have a tragic outcome.

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Children of Missing Miramar Woman Removed From Father's Care

The children of Cid and Vilet Torrez, who hasn't been seen since last Friday, were removed from their father's custody Thursday night following a confidential call to the Florida Abuse Hotline, Mark Riordan, spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, said Friday. Vilet Torrez's brother, Javier Blanco, said a family member made the call after Cid Torrez threatened to get a gun and "end it all." During a shelter hearing Friday in a Broward court room, a judge confirmed the children would be staying with their maternal grandparents. Cid Torrez left the courtroom in tears following the judge's decision. "The judge erred on the side of caution," Torrez's attorney, Alvin Entin, said after the hearing. "He's taken the children away on what we believe to be a very temporary basis on a very thin case."

Miramar Mother of Three Missing: Police

There is still no trace of a Miramar mother of three young children who was reported missing on Monday. Vilet Torrez, 38, was last seen visiting a friend on Friday at about 11 p.m. and never showed up for work over the weekend or on Monday, Miramar Police said. On Tuesday afternoon detectives were at her home talking to her husband, Cid Torrez. The couple separated about two months ago. He says he last saw his wife Friday afternoon when he picked up the children for the weekend. "Our relationship, as far as when it comes to the kids ? she's a great mother. As for her and me we did have our little differences right at the end. But when it comes to our kids, everything was very very close," he said. "My kids need their mother."
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Missing Miramar mother of three Vilet Torrez has not been seen or heard from in nine days and her best friend, whom she has known for 11 years, is worried the case will have a tragic end.

"Each minute and each hour and each day goes by you know, you hold on to some hope," said friend and neighbor Clarissa Garcia. "But we see these stories all the time and your hope becomes less and less that she might be with us, and I'm thinking this is probably a tragic outcome."

Torrez disappeared March 30 when she failed to show up to work at Bath Fitter in Doral. She was last seen that day at 11 p.m., visiting a friend. No one has seen or heard from her since – something family and coworkers say is uncharacteristic of her.

Garcia and Torrez's family said the missing woman and her estranged husband Cid Torrez had a troubled marriage.

The children were removed from their father's custody Thursday night following a confidential call to the Florida Abuse Hotline, Mark Riordan, spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, said Friday.

Vilet Torrez's brother, Javier Blanco, said a family member made the call after Cid Torrez threatened to get a gun and "end it all."

Cid Torrez's attorney Alvin Entin has said after the hearing that "This is not fair treatment, there is no indication that anything untoward has happened to Mr. Torrez's estranged wife. There's no indication that he's been involved in any kind of improper activity."

The children are currently staying with the Vilet Torrez's mother after a judge granted the family custody Friday.

Garcia said there is no chance that her friend needed a break and decided to take off unannounced.

"No, no," Garcia said. "Vilet would never leave those kids. No. I am pretty sure that my friend is with us but not on this earth."

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