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Remains of Missing 9-year-old Girl Identified

Lee County Sheriff's Office
Diana Alvarez

The remains of 9-year-old Diana Alvarez, who went missing in from her South Fort Myers home in 2016, were found and identified last week.

During a press conference held on Saturday, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said surveyors working in Osceola County discovered the remains in a wooded area on Thursday.

“The remains have been positively identified as those of Diana Alvarez,” Marceno said.

Manuel Guerrero-Torres was named a suspect in Alvarez’s disappearance and is currently serving 40 years on child pornography charges.

In 2018, a Grand Jury in Lee county indicted Guerrero-Torres for first degree murder, kidnapping and lewd or lascivious molestation for the death of Diana Alvarez.

State Attorney Amira Fox said her office is seeking the death penalty in the case against Guerrero-Torres.