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Missing Abilene man's family looks for closure as body is found

ABILENE, Texas - The Tom Green County Sheriff says he plans to release more information next week on the death investigation of Eric Torrez.

Investigators along with members of the Texas Rangers discovered the body of the 41-year-old Abilene man in a pasture in Crockett County on Friday. Torrez’s sisters told KTXS the news was overwhelming.

“It’s just been a long two weeks and we are grateful that we can start to have closure,” Victoria De Loera said. “Let’s just continue to pray for our family and his kids.”

Sheriff David Jones said Torrez was last seen on July 21. He was traveling to a home near San Angelo to perform construction work.

Additional charges are expected to be filed on the three people arrested in connection with Torrez’s disappearance and more suspects have been identified, according to the sheriff’s office press release.

“We didn’t know anything about the additional arrests, but we assumed there would be upgraded charges,” Samantha De Loera, one of Torrez’s sisters, said.

Kristen Jennings, 28, was one of the three people the sheriff’s office arrested on July 28.

Jennings is the mother of Torrez’s two children and she remains in the Taylor County Jail on a $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

But Torrez’s family hopes to move forward from this episode and will begin preparations for his funeral.

“We just really want to say thank you for everybody that prayed for him,” Victoria De Loera said.


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