“And that can lead to an escalation of violence,” Wiseman said.
Mobistealth bills one of its products as the “ultimate cellphone spy software.”
On Dec. 6, 2011, according to police, the company charged Cid Torrez’s debit card $39.99.
The software would have given Cid the power to monitor almost all his wife’s life through her cellphone — call details, appointments, contacts, pictures, video and GPS locations.
It also can activate the phone’s recorder, letting the person in control hear what’s happening near the targeted phone user.
The company’s website advertises it as a way to keep an eye on children or employees.
When Christian Roman dropped by Cid’s place of business, Continental Carbonic Products, to pick up dry ice, Cid bragged about his new technology, the affidavit said.
He even showed Roman how it worked.
Sometime on March 31, a Friday, Cid picked up his kids from the Miramar home. Cid had planned to take the kids to Orlando, and told Vilet that, but later realized he couldn’t because of work.
Instead, he told his wife he would take them to a hotel and do other things, the affidavit said.
The hotel plan didn’t happen. Instead, Cid Torrez took his children to see a movie — brother Douglas says he too went along and they watched Clash of the Titans. Afterward, Cid and his kids went back to the townhouse.
Vilet’s minivan was gone, so he decided to stay.
Vilet was at Zoe Rodriguez’s place. But something pulled her home. She left Rodriguez’s place in West Miami-Dade County at 4:30 a.m.
Surveillance footage from the entrance to Harbour Lakes shows her Toyota Sienna entering the community at 5:17 a.m.
Phone records for Cid and Vilet show Vilet called her husband, twice, at 5:19 a.m., though Cid denied getting the calls.
She’s never seen leaving. Her phone never registers another call.
SOUNDS IN THE NIGHT
Their oldest child, Vilet, was asleep early Saturday in her mom’s bed, along with her two younger brothers. She heard howling from her brother’s bedroom, one room over, she told police, and it sounded like a dog.
Except the family didn’t own one.
Her 7-year-old brother began to wake up, and she heard crying, she guessed from either her mother or father.
“No, you wake up,” she heard her father say a couple of times.
There was something like a “mini-howl”
She got out of her mom’s bedroom, went into her own room and closed the door.
She eventually made her way back to her mom’s bedroom, where her younger brothers remained. At one point, she heard crying, thought it was her mother, and went back to sleep, not rising till noon.
“It’s going to be demonstrated that those statements are not accurate,” said Della Fera, Cid’s lawyer.
Saturday morning, Cid’s Jaguar is seen leaving the Miramar townhouse. He goes to pick up Douglas Torrez about 10:52 a.m. Douglas said he, his brother and Cid’s two sons went to see Douglas’ son’s baseball game, which they ended up missing because they were late.
Vilet was due to work on Saturday but never showed up.
CALL TO THE COPS
On Monday, Miramar police got a call from 12915 SW 29th Ct. It was Cid, saying his wife had been gone for several days. Cid seemed hesitant to report it, the affidavit said, but was urged to do so by friend Carlos Prada.
“Saturday, she wasn’t here, all right? And, Friday, as a matter of fact, Saturday morning or Friday night, she didn’t come to sleep, and then I don’t know about Saturday, and now Sunday, I definitely did it, so … “
“You did what?” the dispatcher asked.
“I mean, um, it was 1 o’clock and she didn’t show up either,” he said.
An officer who responded to the home noted that Vilet’s closet and dresser are full of clothes and her toiletries and jewelry are still there. If she left, she took off without taking a thing.
Dive teams searched the waterways near the family’s Miramar home. They found nothing.
On April 4, a K-9, Jewel, sniffed around the Harbour Lake Townhomes. On her own, Jewel walked up to the front door.
The officer believes this was indicative of the scent of human decomposition
A few months later, a dog detected the scent of human remains in the trunk and backseat of Cid’s Jaguar.
Della Fera said problems with the chain of custody of the car should keep what the dog detected out of court.
For months, Cid and the kids carried on without Vilet, the Marine enduring awkward silences from neighbors who wondered what had happened to his wife and whether he had anything to do with it.
On Nov. 21, Cid was charged with murder.
Douglas Torrez insists his brother didn’t do it.
“He swears to me no way,” Douglas said, adding that his brother insists: “This is the mother of my kids.”
HOLIDAY WITHOUT HER
The three Torrez children celebrated Christmas at Gladys Blanco’s home. The oldest daughter, Vilet, helped get the celebration ready, just like her mother would have.
Gladys Blanco still gets fliers from the Doral bathroom remodeling company where her daughter worked most recently. They still use the same graphics that her daughter designed for them.
She wonders what she will tell her grandchildren.
“I need answers,” Gladys Blanco said. “I need to know where my daughter is. Where is her body? What did he do to my daughter.”
“I don’t have answers. I don’t know what I can tell them. I am afraid.”