Police are seeking DNA samples and fingerprints from the estranged husband of a Miramar woman who went missing last month, according to a search warrant obtained by NBC 6 on Wednesday.
The search warrant which was filed Monday seeks hair samples, prints and oral swabs from Cid Torrez, whose wife, Vilet Torrez, disappeared on March 30.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Miramar Police said they suspect foul play in the disappearance, and named Cid Torrez a person of interest.
Torrez's attorney didn't return calls for comment Wednesday.
Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Wednesday that though the estranged husband has been classified as a person of interest, that "does not necessarily mean detectives have ruled everyone else out."
Days after Vilet Torrez's disappearance, detectives executed a search warrant at the couple's townhouse, searching inside and outside and taking some bricks from outside the home.
Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Children and Families temporarily removed the couple's three kids from 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.
The 38-year-old woman's family has said she never would have left her children, and they continue to hold out hope that she will be found safely. They passed out flyers this past weekend in the hopes that someone can help find her.
"It's kind of no surpise to us because as you know they've been having problems for a while. And when we first found out all this happened that's the first person we thought about," her sister Nayiva Blanco said about the news that Cid Torrez is a person of interest.
She said she doesn't want to lose hope, "because I guess I'm in denial that something like this could happen to her. That her children are going to be alone for the rest of their lives. I don't even want to think that."