Family gives glimpse into Diana's life

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 14:31:07-04

FORT MYERS, Fla.- San Carlos Elementary student Diana Alvarez is still missing. Cop cars have cleared the street and the crime scene tape once surrounding her home is now gone.

Rita Jimenez opens the doors of her home and with a gentle push she allows Four In Your Corner into her daughter’s room.

“Here is where she used to sleep,” Rita Jimez said in Spanish. She shows us dolls her 9-year old loves and points to pictures on the wall with her siblings.

On Diana’s door there are notes and drawings for her family she has been away from for four days now.

At this point the family tells Four In Your Corner they believe their old roommates, who are brothers, may have taken Diana.

She says whoever took Diana left a pan with oil on the stove. The heat was on high. She says she believes the person or persons who took her may have wanted to leave without a trace.

The mother tells Four In Your Corner the old roommates haven’t returned her calls. We tried calling but neither man answered.

Four In Your Corner also reached out to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to find out if either of these men are being considered suspects.

In an e-mail, the Sheriff’s Office tells us the case is very active and there is no evidence to suggest Diana is still in the area. They say leads are coming in but can’t comment on the investigation.

As several agencies continue their search for 9-year-old Diana Alvarez, authorities say that so far there is "no evidence" showing that the girl is still in the area.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, a "massive and exhaustive search" of the area around Diana's San Carlos Park home has turned up empty.

However, authorities say leads are still coming in and other investigative avenues are still being pursued.

Diana is a Hispanic female, 4'4”, 95 lbs., dark hair, brown eyes, and has two scars on one of her legs.  She was last seen wearing an unknown color shirt, blue bottoms, unknown shoes, and may be carrying a green blanket with flower print.

She has been missing since early Sunday morning.

Anyone with information should call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES(274637) keyword: REWARD