MIRAMAR (CBS4) – The Broward State Attorney’s Office released hundreds of pages of new investigative documents — and CD’s containing crime scene photos — in the murder case of Vilet Torrez on Monday. Her body has never been found.
The documents — and interviews with key witnesses in the case — portray accused killer Cid Torrez as a man obsessed with his wife’s actions in the final days of their crumbling marriage. Specifically, his desire to keep tabs on his wife’s movements and conversations as she began a new relationship. Reports indicate the couple — who had three children together — was separated at the time.
Included in the paperwork is an invoice from a Miami-based private investigation firm that shows Torrez spent more than $900 in September 2011 to have Vilet followed. In one of the emails sent to the firm, Torrez appears to be trying to catch Vilet with the man. ” They are very desperate, they have not seen each other in 4 days,” he wrote. “I think the big break is coming (sic). I hope you guys are ready.”
The notes from the firm show that they did not uncover any suspicious behavior.
In the interviews with witnesses and people who knew the couple, specific details emerge of Torrez consumed with spying on Vilet’s actions, including installing spy software on her phone to listen in on her conversations and read her texts.
One friend, Carlos Prada, told detectives that Torrez inquired about where to get an illegal gun, where to dispose of a body and discussed scenarios that could be used to cover up a crime.
Prada told detectives that Cid said “you know I can make it look like a robbery like someone came in. I can — you know hire someone.”
Prada also told detectives that Cid was hesitant to call 911 to report his wife missing. Prada told investigators that Torrez told him, “I talked to a friend and they advised me not to do that because I’m not with her anymore we’re separated that it’s not my problem. (sic)”
However, Torrez did call 911 and made a startling comment.
“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,” Torrez tells the 911 operator.
“You did what?,” the 911 operator asks.
“I mean um it was 1 o’clock and she didn’t show up either,” Torrez replies.
Torrez’s attorney, Richard Della Fera, told us his client was simply referring to calling Vilet’s mother. When contacted for this story, Della Fera, said he had nothing to add. He has maintained that his client is innocent.
As the weeks led to Vilet’s disappearance on March 31, detectives say Cid Torrez sent his wife a strange text message on her birthday on March 18. It read, “No matter where u r or who u r with. ill always going to be with u. U told me u where going to be home. U have a bless b day. I really wish I could be with u. Love u always. A stranger.”
The documents also shed more light on the couple’s volatile relationship and why police believe Cid killed her. One area detectives are focused on is the pavers in the grassy area outside the couple’s Miramar home. Crime scene photos show investigators are comparing tire marks on the pavers to the tires on Cid’s Jaguar. There appear to be gouges on the tires and the right side of the car.
The photos also reveal the inside the car where detectives say police dogs alerted to the smell of human remains. However, the photos show a couple of tears in the carpeting and no traces of blood. Crime scene photos taken inside the home show that detectives took computers, cell phones, cleaning supplies and even looked at the pipes in the house.
It’s unclear what — if anything — any of those ideas yielded of evidentiary value.
We also learn in the documents that Cid fell in love with a new woman after Vilet disappeared. Police recorded a phone call between Cid and his girlfriend on the day Cid was arrested. The woman asks if Cid played a role in his wife’s death.
“No,” Cid replied. “I did not have anything to do with it. My wife is still out there and what I can do is like only you guys can come and help me find her — all right? — so, uh she can go on, go on with her life and her kids and her boyfriend. All right?”
One neighbor became suspicious when it became known that Cid Torrez told police Vilet did not return home on Saturday, April 1. The neighbors said there were pictures showing Vilet’s car arriving at the home early that morning. Police say Vilet parked her work vehicle near the home then made two cell phone calls to Cid’s phone, neither of which were answered.
The neighbor made sure the 911 operator knew her information.
“Just a few weeks ago (Vilet) told me that (Cid) had tried to kill her and she had told me that he told her the kids are going to be orphans,” the neighbor told 911. “So, I don’t know what to do. I’m nervous that maybe something’s happened to her.”
Court documents also reveal that detectives gave Torrez a computer voice stress test and asked him if he killed Vilet. Detectives say Torrez acted strangely and “showed no emotional or facial reactions whatsoever” when questioned. However, investigators say the testing instrument froze up on several occasions and likely malfunctioned causing an invalid exam.
The new documents add to an already grisly record laid out in the arrest affidavit.
The report details a marriage in shambles and a couple planning to divorce. Police say Torrez spoke to a friend 6 months before Vilet vanished and the friend claims Torrez said “he could not take the cheating any longer and that the marriage was over.” The friend said Torrez told him he wanted to kill Vilet’s new boyfriend and said “either (Vilet’s) with me or she’s dead.”
The report also contains specifics about a violent encounter between the couple in September 2011. A church counselor told police Vilet said “Cid hit her several times in the face while he had her pinned down on the bed” and told her “he was going to kill her.”
The counselor said Torrez admitted “he had been violent towards Vilet in the past.”
Surveillance video showed Vilet returning to her gated community early Saturday March 31. Cid Torrez told police she never made it to her house. But the arrest report says the couple’s oldest daughter believed her mother was home because she awakened by a strange noise in the bedroom next door overnight.
The girl told police she heard “howling” and “crying” coming from the room and “she then heard her father in the other room sniffling and saying, ‘No you wake up’ a couple of times.”