‘This isn’t over’: Family of missing Diana Alvarez face Jorge Guerrero in court

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Jorge Guerrero-Torres
Jorge Guerrero-Torres

A man accused of killing a 9-year-old girl nearly two years ago faced the victim’s family for the first time since new charges were filed against him.

The State Attorney’s Office announced first-degree murder and kidnapping charges against Jorge Guerrero-Torres on Thursday in connection with the Diana Alvarez case, who went missing in 2016 from her San Carlos Park home.

The body of Diana has not been found, but an ongoing search continues.

“He [Guerrero-Torres] doesn’t have a heart,” Diana’s mother, Rita Hernandez said in Spanish.

On Friday, an appointed public defender mentioned the possible change in charges stemming from a confession of an informant.

An inmate in Okeechobee told investigators more than one year ago that Guerrero-Torres had asked how long his sentencing would be for the murder charge.

“This isn’t over, this will continue until they find the body of my daughter,” Hernandez said in Spanish.

In 2017, a federal court convicted Guerrero-Torres of child pornography and sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

State charges of molestation against Guerrero-Torres were dropped Friday in court as the grand jury’s indictment of first-degree murder supersedes his earlier charges, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Guerrero-Torres has been the only suspect in the disappearance of Diana.

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