The husband of Miramar missing mother Vilet Torrez was charged with first-degree murder in her death, authorities said Wednesday.
Miramar Police said Cid Torrez was arrested just after 8 p.m. at his parents' Miami Lakes home and did not speak to detectives at the time. He was with his children, who were subsequently taken to their maternal grandmother, according to the Torrez family.
Police said the arrest was the result of a "meticulous" investigation that lasted over seven months.
"I don't think that there was one piece of evidence that really put him behind bars, it was a variety of things," officer Tania Rues said at a press conference Wednesday.
Still, authorities said, no body has been found.
"I just want him to talk. I just want my mother to know where she is," Vilet Torrez's sister Nayiva Blanco said Wednesday night.
She struggled to fight back tears.
"We couldn't believe it in the beginning, never expected it to happen a day before Thanksgiving," she said. "We've been thinking about them a lot. My mother has been crying since this morning, knowing it was going to be our first Thanksgiving without her."
Richard Della Fera, attorney for Cid Torrez, spoke with NBC 6 South Florida and said he belives there is no new evidence that came forward that could have caused this conclusion before the holiday.
"The timing was very suspicious," he said, maintaining his client's innocence.
Della Fera plans to be at court Thursday and will read the findings of the investigation.
"If they decided to charge my client now, after 8 months, they are doing so only with circumstantial evidence, and circumstantial evidence cases are very difficult to prove," he told NBC 6 South Florida.
Authorities continue to ask people with information to come forward.
Stay with NBC 6 South Florida for updates.