(MIRAMAR, Fla.) — The estranged husband of a missing Florida mom told a 911 dispatcher that he “definitely did it” before changing course in an April 2 call to report his wife’s disappearance.
Under Florida law, police could not release the identity of the caller, but Cid Torrez, the estranged husband of Vilet Torrez, 38, has previously told ABC News he was the person who reported her missing Monday, April 2.
The recording was released by the Miramar Police Department on Tuesday.
“I don’t know. Saturday, she wasn’t here, all right? And, Friday, [unintelligible] Saturday morning or Friday night, she didn’t come to sleep, and then I don’t know about Saturday, and now Sunday, I definitely did it, so …” the caller said.
“You did what?” the dispatcher asked.
“I mean, um, it was 1 o’clock and she didn’t show up either,” the male voice said.
“OK, so she’s been missing since Friday?” the dispatcher asked.
The caller said he guesses that is the case.
Police have called Cid Torrez a person of interest but have reiterated that he is not a suspect and has cooperated.
Richard Della Fera, Cid’s attorney, said the statement that he “definitely did it” was made during a time when his client was distraught and trying to recount the calls he made to Vilet and her mother that led to the 911 call.
“Around 1 a.m., he called Vilet’s mother for the first time to explain that he had not heard from Vilet all weekend. This was a call he did not want to have to make,” Della Fera said in a statement issued to ABC News’ Miami affiliate. “In listening to the 911 call, it is clear that Cid was recounting for himself and the officer his efforts to piece together the whereabouts of Vilet for the prior few days and what he had been doing to locate her.”
Tania Rues, a spokeswoman for the Miramar Police Department, declined to discuss what the caller could have meant.
“I can’t speculate as to what the male caller was intending to say. I think the 911 call speaks for itself,” she told ABC News.
On Monday, Florida police released a surveillance video from March 31 at 5:17 a.m. that showed the missing mom made it inside her gated community.
What remains unclear, however, are the crucial few minutes after Vilet Torrez was seen on the tape. Phone records obtained by ABC News’ Miami affiliate show she called Cid Torrez twice at 5:19 a.m on March 31. She was reported missing two days later.
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Jessica Blain, FamilyShare