Today, Lilly Aramburo's story is featured on the front cover of the Miami New Times. The article appropriately titled "Missing Peace" was written by Francisco Alvarado. I must say, he did a pretty thorough job. Much more thorough than Miami Dade Police! (Frank deserves many props!)
He accomplished the seemingly impossible...he tracked down Christen Pacheco and got his side of the story. He interviewed Kelly Starling and a neighbor of Christen's who knew them and happened to talk to Lilly just before she vanished. I can't help but wonder, how many resources did it take? Was it costly? Did it take that much time and trouble?
According to the article, "police inaction is one reason she hasn't been found." Amen to that! Even Christen Pacheco admits he's spoken to a detective only once by phone since the initial report. Kelly Starling says she's tried contacting the detective several times but he's never returned the calls. She says "no one has been trying to do anything. I've been wanting to talk to the detective all this time."
Captain Janna Bollinger-Heller from the Miami Dade County Police domestic crimes bureau was interviewed. She says Lilly's case "has been a high priority." "We have followed up on every lead." Interesting...
Miami Residents, are you outraged? This could be your child or relative! They believe they have treated Lilly's case with priority? If speaking with the last person to see her alive once by phone is priority, then I'd hate to even think about the cases that have not been a high priority.
If what Captain Bollinger-Heller says is true and there are only 4 detectives in Miami Dade for the 5000 reported cases of missing people, then how on earth are they supposed to be found?
I have a solution. Why don't they classify Lilly's case and others that qualify as homicides? They obviously have more detectives in Homicide. Besides, they have much more training and are better prepared to deal with these kinds of investigations.
Make sure to read all 5 pages! After you read it, let us know what you think. Leave a comment on the New Times Article. Click on the bottom left link that says write your comment.
Contact Francisco Alvarado (Author):
or call 305-571-7562
Contact Miami New Times:
Mail: Letters, New Times
PO Box 011591
Miami, FL 33101-1591
(If you send a letter, include your name, address and daytime phone number. The information is used for confirmation only.)
Lilly's family and friends urge the South Florida Community to take a good look at her picture. If you know Lilly or any of the key players involved, including a guy who goes by the name "EJ" - PLEASE COME FORWARD!! This EJ was also there but has since disappeared, unwilling to cooperate. Keep in mind, Lilly has a son who deserves to know the TRUTH.
If you think you know something, anything can be a clue that leads us to find Lilly - please contact us right now. There are numerous ways to submit a tip. You can leave a comment on my blog or the Miami New Times article. You can submit a web tip to Miami Dade Crime Stoppers or call 305-471-8477. You can contact Miami Dade Police Detective Aaron Mancha at 305-418-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how small a detail you may know, it may lead us to answers please reach out and help bring Lilly back home.
If everyone who reads this would take a moment to make a phone call to the US Attorney's Office - it would be of tremendous help in demanding justice for Lilly. Ask them to investigate the possible homicide of Lilly Aramburo. It only takes a minute to make a phone call.
Contact the US Attorneys Office
99 N.E. 4th Street
Miami, Fl. 33132
Phone: (305) 961-9001
Fax: (305) 530-7679
I'd appreciate your feedback! If you have any questions or comments about the article, leave a comment here too!! And if you feel strongly about this case, like I do, help demand justice for Lilly. Justice has been interrupted for far too long.
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I am signing off for now but I'll update later tonight with more thoughts on this Miami New Times article.