Yeritza Aponte-Soto

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Left and Center: Yeritza, circa 2001;
Right: Age-progression to age 26 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 10, 2001 from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 29, 1983
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Yeritza has a large birthmark on her left hand and a five-inch scar on her right leg. One of her upper left teeth is missing.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A beige t-shirt, blue spandex capri shorts and blue sandals. Carrying a blue backpack.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Yeritza was last seen in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico on February 10, 2001. She has never been heard again. Authorities believe she was abducted by Amilcar Matias Torres, who is currently serving a twenty-year sentence in prison for soliciting sex from several teenage girls he met on the internet. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. Investigators discovered photos of Yeritza buried in a bag under his patio, and his brother confirmed Matias Torres knew her. Police believe he may be a serial killer; he's a suspect in the disappearances of Kamyle Burgos Ortiz and Cristina Ruiz-Rodriguez. He has never faced charges in any of the cases, and Yeritza's family hopes she's still alive. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

    Matias Torres
    Above: Amilcar Matias Torres

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Interpol Puerto Rico
    787-475-4378

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs
    Primera Hora
    Puerto Rico Today

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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