Custody hearing held for missing woman's children

Vilet Torrez last seen March 30

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A custody hearing was held for the three children of a Miramar woman who went missing more than a month ago.

Vilet Torrez was last seen on March 30 when she left her children with her estranged husband, Cid Torrez, for the weekend. She never returned to pick them up.

On Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Cid Torrez didn't answer any questions during the custody hearing. He wants to regain custody of his three children.

"I feel like jumping out of my seat and choking him but obviously I can't do that," said Javier Blanco, Vilet's brother.

Police have searched the couple's home and spent several days last week looking in waterways near their Miramar subdivision for evidence.

Police have named Cid Torrez a person of interest in the case but he has not been charged.

That hasn't stopped the family of accusing Torrez.

"I think what I think and until he's proven innocent, I'm going to continue to think the same," said Blanco.

Blanco said he believed Cid had choked his sister to death.

"Well, I don't know where he's getting that information from," said Richard Della Fera, Cid Torrez's attorney.

Della Fera said Cid Torrez has cooperated with the investigation and is hopeful police will find his wife alive.

Cid Torrez lost custody of his children last month after the Department of Children and Families claimed it learned Cid threatened to use a gun to "end it all." The allegation came from Blanco, who said he heard it third-hand.

Torrez's attorney called the allegation untrue, saying the accusations by Vilet's family are not based on evidence but instead on years of dislike.

"You can see my client hasn't been arrested and that should say something about the voracity of (her) brother's allegations," said Della Fera.

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