Diana Belinda Alvarez

Diana, circa 2016; Jorge Guerrero

  • Missing Since 05/29/2016
  • Missing From Fort Myers, Florida
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Hispanic
  • Date of Birth 05/17/2007 (12)
  • Age 9 years old
  • Height and Weight 4'4, 95 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A short-sleeved shirt, blue shorts, and shoes. Possibly carrying a green blanket with a flower print.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Diana has two scars on her leg. Some agencies spell her last name "Alvares."

Details of Disappearance

Diana was last seen at her trailer home in the 3500 block of Unique Circle in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida on May 29, 2016. She lived with her stepfather and her mother, Uribe Jimenez and Rita Hernandez, who was pregnant, and four younger siblings.

A relative saw her in the home at 2:00 a.m., asleep, wrapped in a green blanket with a flower print. She vanished during the night and has never been heard from again. The blanket vanished with her and has never been located. No one saw or heard anything unusual in the house that night.

Jorge Guerrero was quickly identified as a person of interest in Diana's case. A photo of Guerrero is posted with this case summary. He had known Diana's family for about three years and had lived in their home from June 2015 up until a few weeks before Diana's disappearance. Her parents had asked him to leave because they were concerned about the way Diana was behaving around him and about remarks he had made about the child; they were afraid he was having an "inappropriate relationship" with Diana.

On June 3, police located Guerrero and the car he was driving, a tan 2001 Chevrolet Malibu with the Florida license plate number 78NHD. He was detained at this time as an illegal immigrant. Diana wasn't with him, but police found pornographic photos of the child on his cellular phone.

Guerrero admitted he used crystal methamphetamine while living with Diana's family and that he had touched her inappropriately on a weekly basis during the eleven months he lived there, although he denied having had intercourse with her. He said he had no contact with Diana after he moved out and was not in Lee County when she went missing.

Authorities determined that after May 29 and before Guerrero was arrested, the phone was traced to Okeechobee, Yee-Haw Junction, back to Okeechobee, and then to Orlando, Florida. Guerrero said he was traveling between Okeechobee and Orlando when his black Chevrolet Malibu broke down and had to be towed.

The phone wasn't with him when police found him; it was eventually tracked to Daytona, Florida. A landscaper there had found it lying in high grass in Orange County, Florida and said a man called it, said his name was Jorge and told him to keep the phone. The landscaper never used the phone because he wasn't able to unlock it. Guerrero later admitted the phone belonged to him and gave investigators the passcode.

Guerrero was charged with possession of child pornography. Rita went to visit him in jail in July 2016 and spoke to him for twenty minutes. She stated he told her Diana wasn't dead, but when she asked where she was, he didn't give her a straight answer, refused to make eye contact with her and covered his face. At his trial on the child pornography charges, the fact that Guerrero is the prime suspect in Diana's disappearance was not mentioned to the jury.

In May 2017, nearly a year after Diana's disappearance and on the eve of her tenth birthday, Guerrero was found guilty of one count of possession of child pornography and one count of production of child pornography. In August was sentenced to forty years in prison; the next day, he was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim less than 12 years of age and battery of a child. The victim was Diana.

Various members of Diana's family accused each other of being involved in her disappearance, or of knowing more about it than they disclosed. Rita initially suspected Diana's biological father, Martin Alvarez-Moreno, could be involved.

In September 2013, according to Rita, Martin took two of their children, Diana's younger sister and brother, without permission and didn't return them for several months. Hernandez complained to family court at the time and filed a petition to force Martin to return the children, but a judge denied her request, saying there was no evidence Martin was in violation of any custody agreement. Eventually Rita retrieved her children from their father.

Martin was deported after a domestic dispute in August 2015 and lives in the city of Tehuacan in the state of Puebla in central Mexico. Investigators did visit Martin in Mexico and spoke to him about Diana's disappearance, but they haven't named him as a suspect in his daughter's case. He has denied any involvement in Diana's disappearance or any knowledge as to what happened to her.

In May 2018, a year after Guerrero was convicted of the child pornography charges, he was charged with first-degree murder in Diana's case. He is awaiting trial and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Diana's whereabouts are unknown and extensive searches of the area around her home have turned up no indication of her whereabouts. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated May 6, 2018; details of disappearance updated.