Alicia Guzman Padilla

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Above: Alicia, circa 1985

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: 1985 from Miami, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 4, 1982
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'10, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Alicia may use the last name Padilla-Guzman. She is of Puerto Rican descent.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Alicia was last seen at her home in Miami, Florida sometime in early 1985. She and her mother, Nilsa Padilla-Guzman, disappeared within a few weeks of each other. A photo of of Nilsa is posted below this case summary. Gloria Hampton and Bernisa Davis, Nilsa's older daughters, reported their mother and sister missing in 2010.

    At the time Nilsa and Alicia disappeared, the family was living in a camper on Key Biscayne with Nilsa's boyfriend, Jorge Walter Nunez, who was Gloria's and Alicia's father. Nilsa and Nunez abused drugs and alcohol frequently and the children often didn't get enough to eat. Both Gloria and Bernisa stated they were physically and sexually abused by Nunez on a regular basis. In the spring of 1985, the two sisters claim, they witnessed Nunez murder their mother by beating her to death. They saw him put the corpse in a green bag and then clean up the crime scene. The homicide was not reported at the time. A few weeks after Nilsa's murder, according to Gloria and Bernisa, Nunez beat Alicia to death as well. They didn't see what happened to her body.

    On April 4, 1985, Nilsa's torso was found in a green garbage bag on a beach in Miami. Over the next few weeks her head, one leg and one of her thighs were also recovered. Gloria, who had been four years old at the time of her mother's death, went to police several times over the intervening years, but it wasn't until 2010 that authorities took her seriously, and Nilsa's body wasn't identified until 2012. Another body, a man's, was found near Nilsa's at around the same time; it has never been identified. There has been no indication of Alicia's whereabouts.

    A photo of Nunez is posted below this case summary. In the years following 1985 he lost custody of Bernisa and Gloria and was ultimately convicted of sexual abuse. He served time in prison and was released in 1993. In 2004, he was deported to his native Peru. His current whereabouts are unknown and authorities aren't even certain whether he's still alive. Alicia's sisters went to live with a foster family and changed their names after Nunez's conviction. They continue to hope for closure in their mother's murder and sister's presumed death.

    Nilsa Nunez
    Left: Nilsa Padilla-Guzman;
    Right: Pedro Nunez

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Miami-Dade Police Department
    305-471-2400

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    For the Lost
    The Daily Mail
    NBC Miami
    The Broward Palm Beach New Times

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2016; casefile added.

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