CREATED May. 31, 2013
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Lee County detectives are ruling the death of a 22-year-old woman found dead in January a homicide. They need your help catching her killer.
It's a site 15-year-old Miguel Jose will never forget.
"The body was right here," Jose showed Fox 4. "It was covered in a blue blanket."
January 19 was the day he and a neighbor discovered a body in a trash can in the wooded area by his home. After Jose says he called 911, investigators arrived and cordoned off Oakland Drive. They identified the body as 22-year-old Darla Miller.
"I felt really sad," reflected Jose.
Recently, detectives made a break in the case. They linked DNA evidence to 39-year-old Robert Toribio, Sr. Now wanted for Miller's murder.
"They met through friends, through mutual friends and other than that there really are no ties between her and him," said Detective Paul O'Leary, with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say Toribio moved to Bonita Springs last year. He'd just completed an eight-year prison term for robbery at Attica Correctional Facility in New York. Detectives say they questioned Toribio after discovering Miller's body. But at the time, there wasn't enough evidence to link him to the crime. Recent crime lab results bolstered the investigation.
"Robert Toribio is an animal," said O'Leary. "He's a savage and belongs in a cage."
And according to Jose, Toribio lived with his son in trailer number one, feet from his home.
Fox 4 showed Jose a picture of Toribio.
"He seemed pretty calm but he'd always say he didn't like police people," remembered Jose.
While US Marshal's hunt Toribio down, Darla's family is grieving.
"All we knew is we had to bury our duaghter and we had to have a funeral, we had to have a burial," said Denise Miller in a Crime Stoppers video.
She misses her little girl every day.
"No one should ever have to put their child in the ground under circumstances like that," said Denise.
Detectives say Toribio is extremely dangerous and could be anywhere. They say he has ties to New York, New Jersey and Southwest Florida. If you have any information about his whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.