Police arrested a Miramar man Wednesday night in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife.
Cid Torrezs wife, Vilet, has been missing since late March. Early in the investigation, he was considered by police to be a person of interest. The couple was said to be having problems at the time of her disappearance.
For months, investigators searched canals and lakes around Miramar, but turned up nothing. Police said they suspected foul play.
Its a mixture of shock and Oh my goodness, finally, said Vilet Torrezs sister-in-law, Julie Spurlock Blanco, upon learning of the arrest. Maybe we can start to get the closure that we need.
Richard Della Ferra, Cid Torrezs attorney, said he had his doubts about the validity of the arrest, calling the timing suspicious and saying it was a publicity stunt.
Surveillance video from the Torrezes housing complex shows that on the morning she disappeared, March 31, her minivan entered the community through the visitor entrance after having trouble passing through the gate on the residents side.
Detectives went camera by camera, frame by frame, looking at every camera that went into the community and went out, said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues. What we do know is that her vehicle went in and did not come out.
Once she made it through the gate, her brother Javier Blanco told CBS4 News that her phone records reveal she made two calls, both at 5:19 a.m., and both to her husbands cellphone. Blanco said the records dont jibe with the story Cid Torrez told police. This completely contradicts every story that hes told, Blanco said. Hes said that she never called.
Torrez told investigators he was asleep at the time. He reported Vilet missing to the police on April 2.
Cid Torrez has maintained his innocence and, until his arrest, he had custody of the couples three children. The children are now in the care of his wifes family.