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There’s an active search underway in southwest Florida for a 9-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen or heard from since Sunday. Diana Alvares was reportedly last seen at her home in Lee County, early Sunday morning. Diana’s mother, who is pregnant, told reporters that she woke up at 2 AM Sunday and checked in on her children, who were all asleep at the time. She covered Diana with a blanket and went back to bed.
When she woke up just prior to 7 AM, she noticed that Diana was missing.
Diana’s mom and stepdad, Uribe Jiminez, spoke with reporters:
Here’s a timeline, according to their interviews:
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time Undetermined: Jiminez and mom check on kids before they go to sleep. All children are accounted for.
2 AM: Mom wakes up to make a bottle for their baby. She checks on the children and sees Diana sleeping.
6:55 AM: Jiminez doesn’t hear the kids getting ready for Church, like he usually does. Mom goes to check and sees that the stove burners in the kitchen are all turned on. She checks on the kids and sees that Diana is missing.
Jiminez says the front doors were locked but the door outside of his room leading to the porch was unlocked.
You may have noticed that in the beginning of the video, Jiminez is talking about his older kids sleeping at his sister’s place and how he wants to “go back to his house.” He’s saying this because police cordoned off his home where Diana went missing with crime tape and blocked the family from going back there. As of this post, I haven’t found anything to suggest that the family has been allowed back at this point so there’s a likelihood that they have not.
Jiminez also tells reporters that he has taken a lie detector test. Nancy Martinez, Jiminez’s cousin, also spoke with reporters and told them Diana’s biological father is not in the picture and they do not believe he has anything to do with her disappearance.
Police have been very diligent in their search for Diana. By Sunday afternoon, they had cordoned off about a dozen homes in the area with crime scene tape, towed the family vehicles, searched the area with a K-9 search team, and conducted a helicopter search.
Here is a map of the area where Diana’s home is located and where she went missing:
Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the search, including the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Homeland Security.
Diana is Hispanic, 4’4″ tall, 95 pounds, dark hair, brown eyes, and has two scars on one of her legs. She was last seen wearing an unknown color shirt, blue bottoms, and may be carrying a green blanket with a flower print. Diana did not have any electronic devices with her and she did not have a presence on any social media sites.
Anyone with information should call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000. If you wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) keyword: REWARD. There is currently a $6,000 reward for any info leading to Diana’s return.
UPDATE: 6/1/16 12:31 CST
According to WINK News, police told reporters this morning that there is no evidence to suggest that Diana is still in the area. After three days of exhaustive searches, there has been no indication of where the little girl might be. Heartbreaking.
Other new developments that WINK is reporting:
- Diana had a pair of purple-striped shoes that are missing from the house.
- A man had reportedly lived in the house a month prior and had rented a room:
“A family member said Alvares could be with a man who rented a room in the home. Alvares was very attached to this man, who moved out of the home two weeks ago, the family member said. According to family, this would explain why the family dog did not bark when Alvares disappeared.
- Diana’s stepdad, Uribe Jiminez, told reporters that police are not doing enough to find his daughter, and are not keeping them in the loop.
- Jiminez also told reporters that he believes his daughter is “not here” anymore.