MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – It’s been nearly two months since Vilet Torrez went missing. As the investigation continues, Vilet’s family said they are outraged the state of Florida is allowing Cid Torrez to have custody of the couple’s three children.
“I think it’s appalling,” said Javier Blanco. “I think it’s horrible and I think the state comes off as a joke.
Javier Blanco said his sister suffered abuse at the hands of Cid and was in the process of trying to divorce him when she went missing. The Blanco family told CBS4 the children are happy with their maternal grandmother and do not want to leave.
Vilet’s sister, Nayiva, said she fears her family will lose contact with the kids if Cid regains custody.
“I fear that he might take them away,” Nayiva said. “I fear that he might make a decision of leaving with them somewhere, not letting us see them again, not talking to them about my sister in a good way.”
Miramar Police have searched canals and lakes, but haven’t found her body. Cid denied having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance.
Cid’s lawyer said he is a loving father who spends time with his children and is involved in their lives. He said the state investigated and agreed the children should be with their dad. Still, Javier is skeptical.
“This is a person of interest in a homicide investigation involving your wife. It kind of puts things in perspective,” Javier said.
CBS4’s Carey Codd contacted the Department of Children and Families Monday to ask them why they filed their dismissal. A spokesperson said DCF had no additional information to provide on the case. A judge will hold a hearing on the case Tuesday.