MIRAMAR, Fla. - Three young children are worried about the safety of their mother who's been missing for three days. Vilet Torrez, 38, left her kids with her estranged husband for the weekend and has yet to come home.
"I don't think it's good, she wouldn't run away, not Vilet", said Clarissa Garcia, a friend who is deeply concerned because she said Torrez hasn't returned her calls or text messages. "Because this is not like her. She would never leave her kids, she would never leave her home and she would call me," Garcia said.
The last time anyone has seen or heard from Torrez was Friday night.
Police say she went out with a male co-worker and left her three children with her husband, Cid Torrez, from whom she's separated. Cid Torrez says the plan was for him to take the kids for the weekend.
"This Sunday comes along, it's 8 o'clock and mommy's not in, it's 10 o'clock and mommy's not in. What you do? What are your going to tell the kids, you know? We're going to wait," he said.
Vilet Torrez works for a bath remodeling company but she didn't show up for any of her appointments over the weekend.
Her company car is parked in her driveway. Her other vehicle was found in the parking lot of the her condominium complex, near I-75 and Miramar Parkway on Saturday. Neighbors say police took it away as evidence.
"I've never noticed anything strange, anything out of place, it shocks me, really," said neighbor Marvin Treminio.
Miramar police have checked Torrez's cell phone and credit card records but they won't say if either have even used. And they won't speculate why the responsible, devout mother, would not try to contact her children.
"We just started this investigation. It's very premature for us to be able to say what happened." said Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
Despite their differences, Torrez calls his wife an excellent mother, and says he's trying to stay positive for his children.
"Wherever she's at, just come back home safe. My kids need their mother," he said.
Police say Torrez's estranged husband and the man with whom she went out with on Friday night are both cooperating with the investigation.
Torrez is 5 feet, 3 inches and weighs between 125-130 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vilet Torrez is asked to call Miramar Police at 954-602-4000.
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