Family pleads for help finding Doral woman, daughter missing for nearly a year

Liliana Moreno, daughter reported missing May 31, 2016

By Liane Morejon - Reporter

DORAL, Fla. - Nearly a year since a South Florida woman and her daughter were reported missing, her family is again pleading with the public to come forward with any information.

Liliana Moreno's sister reported her sister and her niece, Daniela, missing on May 31, 2016, after she hadn't been able to contact Moreno for two days.

Police said they found Moreno's wallet, a half-cooked meal and her car still in the driveway of her home in the Doral Terrace neighborhood. 

"All the pain, we hurt. This is not easy. This situation is really hard," Moreno's brother, Eduardo Moreno-Ramirez, said.

The last person to see the pair was Daniela's father, Gustavo Castano, who told police that Moreno asked him to drop off her and their daughter on Florida's Turnpike at Okeechobee Road.

Castano said he went to work and later returned to where he dropped off the two, but could not find them.

Castano attempted to take his own life days after the disappearance. 

"Yes, he was a person of interest at this time, as is any information that can lead us to closing this case," Miami-Dade police Detective Chris Villano said.

Family members said Castano has not been helpful with their search. 

"They don't have any current contact with the father of Daniela since the first day when he was the one who initially contacted them," Doral Councilwoman Claudia Mariaca said.

The Moreno family is desperate to find their loved ones, 11 months after they disappeared.

"We need to know what happened to them," Moreno-Ramirez said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

 

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