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Diana Alvarez’s Remains Found After Years-Long Search

After four years and “hundreds of hours” spent searching for missing 9-year-old Diana Alvarez, Florida authorities announced this week that they have found the little girl’s remains—and her accused killer may now face the death penalty.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office told Headline News a team of surveyors working in a wooded area in Osceola County found Alvarez’s body on Thursday, about 140 miles from her Fort Myers home, where she vanished in the middle of the night in May 2016. Her cause of death has not yet been determined, a sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

“My daughter is in heaven. She’s with God,” Diana’s mother, Rita Hernandez, told WINK after the discovery. “I don’t wish this upon anybody, on nobody because it wasn’t her fault.”

Jorge Guerrero-Torres, a 32-year-old family friend who previously admitted to sexually assaulting the girl, was indicted by a grand jury on a first-degree murder charge on May 3, 2018, in connection with Alvarez’s disappearance. He has been previously convicted on child pornography charges related to the case and is currently serving a 40-year prison sentence. 

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