Nine-year-old Florida girl’s remains found four years after she vanished

The remains of nine-year-old Diana Alavarez who went missing in 2016 were found last week, according to Florida authorities. Diana disappeared in the middle of the night from her home in San Carlos Parkabout eighteen miles south of Fort Myers on the state’s Gulf Coast. The search for Alavarez ended on Thursday when her body was located in Yeehaw Junction about 140 miles away according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.


Authorities searched Yeehaw Junction of Osceola County two times after Jorge Guerrero, a friend of the family’s phone pinged there around the time of Diana’s disappearance that night. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno elaborated during a news broadcast over the weekend that the police force and its partners dedicated “hundreds of hours” looking for her and “never stopped” searching for the young girl’s body.


Authorities were informed immediately after workers in Yeehaw Junction came across the body. Alavarez was positively identified through dental records but no probable cause of death has not yet been determined. “The monster that committed this horrendous crime is behind bars and will now be brought to justice for the murder of Diana Alvarez,” Marceno said. “This does not bring Diana back, but I hope this helps bring closure to the family.”


Jorge said that he and the girl were sexually involved and that he was involved with her the morning she went missing. He had created and been sent child pornogrophy with Alavarez and he’s looking at forty years in prison. A year later a court indicted on murder without the presence of  a body. Guerrero was awaiting trial when Alavarez’s body was found.


State Attorney Amira Fox said Saturday that her office would now seek the death penalty for Guerrero. Alaverez’s mother is in mourning all over again. “She meant everything to me,” said Rita Hernandez. “I have no words to describe the pain that I felt for four years,” she added. “I don’t wish this upon anybody.”