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Remains of Diana Alvarez who was missing since 2016 found, positively identified: Sheriff

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 17:08:49-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that they had located the remains of 9-year-old Diana Alvarez.

Diana disappeared from her Bonita Springs home in 2016.

Jorge Guerrero-Torres was named a suspect in her case, however, was sentenced to 40 years for possession of child pornography. He had photos of Diana on his phone.

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Guerrero was charged with first-degree murder despite not having a body at that time.

On March 12, the Osceola Sheriff's Office located human remains in their jurisdiction.

A major search was launched, and they have located and positively confirmed the remains of Diana Alvarez.

State Attorney Amira Fox stated they are seeking the death penalty in this case.

Investigators previously searched Yeehaw Junction in 2016 after tracking Guerrero's phone to the area. Detective says the phone was later ditched along a road in Orlando.

Guerrero-Torres is due back in court on March 16.