Police Suspect Missing Mom Lilly Aramburo May Have Been Killed

Miami-Dade Police
More than three years after she went missing, Miami-Dade Police investigators believe Lilly Aramburo was a victim of foul play. At least, that's what an updated missing persons flyer seems to indicate. New Times wrote a cover story about the young single mother's June 1, 2007 disappearance from the east Kendall apartment she shared with her then-boyfriend Christian Pacheco.

In December, Aramburo's case was transferred from missing persons to homicide. And the department has assigned the case to Ray Hoadley, a veteran homicide detective who solved the cold case murder of an 18-year-old Homestead girl killed in 1993. The development has given hope to Aramburo's closest relatives and friends.

An ongoing social media campaign started by Aramburo's friend and Miami-based Internet marketing consultant Janet Forte generated national media coverage about the case, but has turned up few leads into what happened to the 24-year-old woman. Forte and Aramburo's mother, Lucely Zalvidar, had grown frustrated with the police investigation, at times suggesting detectives were indifferent to finding Lilly because of her history of running away from home and drug addiction. A Miami-Dade police spokesman declined comment because of the open investigation.

"I feel very confident with the new detective on the case," Forte says. "I believe in karma and know that whoever was involved in Lilly's disappearance will ultimately face the consequences of their actions."

Hoadley, a 38 year veteran, was the lead investigator in the cold case of Trinity Robinson. In 2006 Hoadley arrested her boyfriend Christopher Phillips for her murder despite not finding the body. This past September, a jury convicted Phillips based on circumstantial evidence and witness testimony Hoadley gathered. The 38-year-old, who was sentenced to life in prison, is only the second person in Miami-Dade history to be convicted of murder without a victim's body.


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She was taking 2+ different psychotic drugs and mixing with crack and heroin. She OD and died. The 2 people over that night helped get rid of the body.


Just saw the program , christen is lying he knows where she is!!


Thanks so much for the follow up, Frank. I agree with Det. Hoadley and am very happy that Miami Dade Police has come to the conclusion that Lily is a victim of foul play. Lily may have suffered from addiction but she was truly a vibrant and kindhearted, good person. Nothing can ever change the mistakes that have been made but the fact that Det. Hoadley is vigorously working the case, means everything. Can you imagine not knowing what has happened to your daughter/best friend for almost 4 years? It's our mission to find Lily or recover her remains, so she can be laid to rest in peace.


It was 100% without a doubt her boyfriend who killed her.  He took his time to report her missing to hide any evidence which could link him to the murder.  Being high is not an excuse for not calling Lily's mother when she went missing.  I hope poice did a thorough search of his apartment and car.  Im sure something would show up so long as they did a thorough search of the entire apartment.  For now I hope the guilt he has to live with eats at him everyday.

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