Tempers flare in search for missing girl

Posted at 6:40 AM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 06:55:44-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A heated argument broke out Tuesday as family members of missing 9-year-old Diana Alvares released their frustration.  Diana has been missing for over three days, and the search for the little girl has yet to show any sign of her.

Just to give you an idea of how intense the police presence was in the San Carlos Park neighborhood Tuesday, a man living one house over from where Diana disappeared says he was visited by Homeland Security. That same neighbor voluntarily gave deputies a DNA sample. He wants this ordeal to be over.

But for Diana's family, the turmoil is just beginning.  Family members had to separate Diana's stepfather and stepmother from an explosive argument; blaming each other over how she disappeared early Sunday morning from her home on Unique Circle in San Carlos Park.

Photos: Search for missing Fort Myers girl Diana Alvares

"They should have paid more attention to her, and the cops, they aren't doing enough," said stepmother Nancy Vizcarra. She dropped by the neighborhood to get answers, but she ended up leaving in a squad car shortly after talking to Fox 4.  "Somebody has to know something, because that girl didn't walk out at 2:00 in the morning."

But the girl's stepfather, Uribe Jiminez, is also trying to figure out what happened to Diana.  He called a family friend who stayed in the home recently.  That friend said he moved to Orlando and doesn't know what happened to Diana.  "I don't want to say that he took my daughter, but that is the only person that knows my trailer from the inside, knows all the rooms.  That's the only person who knows each room."

Adding to the mystery, the girl's mother woke up to find someone left the stove on.  That's when she discovered Diana missing.

"She said 'Diana is not here.'", says Jiminez. 

He has a message to whoever may have her.  "That person who has my baby, it's better to bring back my daughter."

Diana's father was also troubled by his daughter's behavior days before her disappearance. He says she was putting on makeup and doing her hair differently, making herself look much older than 9 years old.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Diana or spots her is asked to call 477-1000 or 911 immediately.