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

Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC NewsMarch 17, 2020

The remains of a Florida girl who went missing in 2016 were found last week, authorities said, and her accused killer could face the death penalty.

Diana Alvarez was 9 years old when she vanished in the middle of the night from her home in San Carlos Park, about 18 miles south of Fort Myers on the state’s Gulf Coast. The search for her ended Thursday when her body was found in Yeehaw Junction, about 140 miles away, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Following her disappearance in May 2016, the sheriff’s office and assisting agencies twice searched areas of Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County after the phone of Jorge Guerrero, a friend of the family, pinged there around the time of Alvarez’s disappearance.

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Iamge: Diana Alvarez. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

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